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The CANNING surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 3,820 8010 0.001 14
United States (1880 census) 899 5968 0.002 18
Change since 1880 +2921 -2042 -0.001 -4
Other Countries
Australia 781 2075 0.005 48
United Kingdom 4,483 1399 0.010 98
Top States for CANNING by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 397 6717 0.001 12
Massachusetts 326 2619 0.005 51
New York 277 6806 0.001 15
Florida 270 6987 0.002 17
New Jersey 232 4031 0.003 28
Top States for CANNING by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Rhode Island 88 1755 0.008 84
Maine 107 2044 0.008 84
Massachusetts 326 2619 0.005 51
Connecticut 170 2547 0.005 50
Idaho 55 3245 0.004 43


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

Classification and Origin of CANNING

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 CANNING 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 CANNING 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 CANNING in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 66 1.73
White (Hispanic) 58 1.52
Mixed Race 57 1.49
Asian/Pacific 18 0.47
Native American/Alaskan 12 0.31
White (Caucasian) 3,609 94.48

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

Meaning of CANNING in historical publications

(origin: Saxon.) Cyning, a leader, a king. Germ., Konig; Dutch, Koning; Dan., Konge; Swedish, Konung; Welsh, cun; Irish, cean, which is the same as the Gaelic Ceann, and the oriental Khan or Kaun, all signifying head, a leader. Saxon Connan and Cunnan, to see, to know; hence Cunning, or Canning, Kenning.

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

CANNING. Probably from Cannings, CO. "Wilts, (Bishop's Cannings). The two viscounts, Canning and Stratford de Redcliffe, are descended from W. Cannynges, the pious founder of St. Mary Redclifife, Bristol, in the XV. cent.

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 CANNING

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CANNING.

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 CANNING

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