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The BOSTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 15,003 2223 0.006 56
United States (1880 census) 3,729 1646 0.007 75
Change since 1880 +11274 -577 -0.001 -19
Other Countries
Australia 468 3406 0.003 29
United Kingdom 1,702 3372 0.004 37
Top States for BOSTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 1,228 1819 0.008 77
Texas 1,036 2432 0.005 50
Illinois 865 1586 0.007 70
California 859 3778 0.003 25
Ohio 750 1982 0.007 66
Top States for BOSTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 182 1462 0.014 143
Maryland 661 979 0.012 125
Kentucky 438 1409 0.011 108
South Carolina 391 1787 0.010 97
Oklahoma 332 1546 0.010 96


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

Classification and Origin of BOSTON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BOSTON 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 BOSTON 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 BOSTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 245 1.63
White (Hispanic) 230 1.53
Native American/Alaskan 125 0.83
Asian/Pacific 74 0.49
White (Caucasian) 8,222 54.8
Black/African American 6,109 40.72

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

Meaning of BOSTON in historical publications

BOSTON. A town in co. Lincoln, and a hamlet in co. York.

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 BOSTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BOSTON.

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 BOSTON

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