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The BILL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 6,445 4994 0.002 24
United States (1880 census) 1,570 3686 0.003 31
Change since 1880 +4875 -1308 -0.001 -7
Other Countries
Australia 264 5851 0.002 16
United Kingdom 1,188 4568 0.003 26
Top States for BILL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 665 5466 0.002 20
Texas 465 5578 0.002 22
Ohio 444 4031 0.004 39
Illinois 409 4083 0.003 33
Florida 359 6985 0.002 22
Top States for BILL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New Hampshire 98 2450 0.008 79
Connecticut 177 3285 0.005 52
Washington 258 3715 0.004 44
Alaska 27 4391 0.004 43
Idaho 51 4658 0.004 39


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BILL live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BILL represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BILL in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BILL by picking someone at random in New Hampshire than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BILL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BILL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BILL surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BILL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 781 12.12
Native American/Alaskan 339 5.26
White (Hispanic) 278 4.31
Mixed Race 113 1.75
Asian/Pacific 84 1.3
White (Caucasian) 4,850 75.25

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BILL surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BILL in historical publications

BILL. A nickname of William.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BILL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BILL.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BILL

The following words are slight variants of BILL that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.