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The BOTHWELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,316 12311 0.001 9
United States (1880 census) 731 7116 0.001 15
Change since 1880 +1585 -5195 0 -6
Other Countries
Australia 114 12758 0.001 7
United Kingdom 636 7453 0.001 14
Top States for BOTHWELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 293 9324 0.001 9
Florida 159 11770 0.001 10
Alabama 152 3800 0.003 34
Texas 143 12049 0.001 7
Michigan 117 11177 0.001 12
Top States for BOTHWELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 42 3044 0.006 56
Alabama 152 3800 0.003 34
Iowa 93 4848 0.003 32
Nebraska 49 5543 0.003 29
Oregon 69 6514 0.002 20


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

Classification and Origin of BOTHWELL

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 BOTHWELL 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 BOTHWELL 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 BOTHWELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 253 10.92
White (Hispanic) 52 2.25
Mixed Race 27 1.17
Asian/Pacific 12 0.52
Native American/Alaskan 6 0.26
White (Caucasian) 1,966 84.89

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

Meaning of BOTHWELL in historical publications

BOTHWELL. "As for the antiquity of this name, the first that I have met with is one Arthur Bothwell, of Adam, who was knighted by King James IV., whose sou was likewise a knight, called Sir Francis." Nisbet. The name is derived from the parish of Bothwell, in Lanarkshire, famous for its beautiful scenery, celebrated in ancient song —

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 BOTHWELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BOTHWELL.

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 BOTHWELL

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