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The CARLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,941 6345 0.002 18
United States (1880 census) 1,636 3551 0.003 33
Change since 1880 +3305 -2794 -0.001 -15
Other Countries
Australia 156 9509 0.001 10
United Kingdom 857 5947 0.002 19
Top States for CARLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 413 4847 0.002 22
Florida 388 5307 0.002 24
Michigan 373 3301 0.004 38
California 328 8487 0.001 10
Texas 309 6497 0.001 15
Top States for CARLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Rhode Island 73 2316 0.007 70
New Hampshire 61 3048 0.005 49
Wisconsin 251 3051 0.005 47
Idaho 54 3530 0.004 42
Connecticut 132 3565 0.004 39


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

Classification and Origin of CARLEY

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 CARLEY 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 CARLEY 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 CARLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 246 4.98
White (Hispanic) 146 2.95
Native American/Alaskan 66 1.34
Mixed Race 41 0.83
Asian/Pacific 30 0.61
White (Caucasian) 4,412 89.29

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

Meaning of CARLEY in historical publications

CARLEY. Scot, carlie, a little man— a diminutive of earl. Jamieson. Perhaps however local.

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 CARLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CARLEY.

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 CARLEY

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