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The BOSS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 8,547 3809 0.003 32
United States (1880 census) 2,613 2333 0.005 52
Change since 1880 +5934 -1476 -0.002 -20
Other Countries
Australia 219 6918 0.001 13
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for BOSS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 754 4270 0.002 22
Michigan 745 1648 0.007 75
Illinois 497 2861 0.004 40
Florida 477 4657 0.003 30
New York 456 4623 0.002 24
Top States for BOSS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Rhode Island 85 2099 0.008 81
Michigan 745 1648 0.007 75
Wisconsin 383 1987 0.007 71
Oregon 210 2261 0.006 61
Idaho 74 2716 0.006 57


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

Classification and Origin of BOSS

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 BOSS 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 BOSS 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 BOSS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 808 9.45
White (Hispanic) 118 1.38
Mixed Race 112 1.31
Native American/Alaskan 39 0.46
Asian/Pacific 36 0.42
White (Caucasian) 7,434 86.98

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

Meaning of BOSS in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of BOSS.

Similar names to BOSS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BOSS.

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 BOSS

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