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The BULL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 11,254 2936 0.004 42
United States (1880 census) 5,337 1140 0.011 107
Change since 1880 +5917 -1796 -0.007 -65
Other Countries
Australia 3,391 442 0.021 207
United Kingdom 15,581 367 0.034 339
Top States for BULL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 953 3136 0.003 28
Texas 824 2668 0.004 40
New York 809 2204 0.004 43
Florida 570 3454 0.004 36
Illinois 518 2359 0.004 42
Top States for BULL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 112 672 0.015 148
Arkansas 311 1102 0.012 116
Delaware 82 1653 0.010 105
Montana 94 1098 0.010 104
South Carolina 411 1538 0.010 102


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

Classification and Origin of BULL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 849 7.54
White (Hispanic) 182 1.62
Native American/Alaskan 152 1.35
Mixed Race 143 1.27
Asian/Pacific 55 0.49
White (Caucasian) 9,873 87.73

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

Meaning of BULL in historical publications

A well-known animal, powerful, fierce, and violent. The name may have originated from the sign of a shop or inn, as "John at the Bull." Bul, in Saxon, is a brooch, a stud, a bracelet.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

BULL. A very natural sobriquet, as well as a common inn-sign, and a frequent heraldric charge. It may, however, be a personal name, as the forms Bole, Bolle, &c., arc found in Domesd. The corresponding names Taureau, Torel, Tyrel, Torelli, BuUe, &c., are plentiful on the continent. Let no Frenchman, however, think that " John Bull" is tbe commonest of designations iu England, for in the Loud. Direct, of 1852, I find only four people so called.

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 BULL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BULL.

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 BULL

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