The history of your name

The BRETT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 5,280 6005 0.002 20
United States (1880 census) 1,547 3741 0.003 31
Change since 1880 +3733 -2264 -0.001 -11
Other Countries
Australia 1,623 1005 0.01 99
United Kingdom 8,368 732 0.018 182
Top States for BRETT by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 534 3720 0.003 33
New York 512 3640 0.003 27
California 474 5765 0.001 14
Pennsylvania 383 3831 0.003 31
New Jersey 254 3666 0.003 30
Top States for BRETT by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 34 2859 0.006 56
Maine 71 2784 0.006 56
Connecticut 139 3164 0.004 41
New Hampshire 47 3582 0.004 38
Washington 198 3638 0.003 34


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

Classification and Origin of BRETT

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Diminutive

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 151 2.86
White (Hispanic) 118 2.23
Mixed Race 50 0.95
Asian/Pacific 42 0.8
Native American/Alaskan 15 0.28
White (Caucasian) 4,904 92.88

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

Meaning of BRETT in historical publications

BRETT. Brito, a native of Brittany. The parish of Samford Bi-ett, co. Somerset, was the lordship of Hugh Brito, one of the assassins of Thomas a Becket. Domesday Book abounds with Brito as a surname. No less than seven persons bearing it Avere tenants in chief in many counties. They had probalily served in the Conqueror's army under his great ally, Alan, earl of Brittany. Morant's Essex. Kelham's Domesd. In Scotland, JBrets was a name given to the Welsh or ancient Britons in general : also to those of Strath- Clyde, to distinguish them from the Scots and Picts. Jamieson.

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 BRETT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BRETT.

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 BRETT

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