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The CLAYTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 54,875 548 0.020 203
United States (1880 census) 12,618 466 0.025 252
Change since 1880 +42257 -82 -0.005 -49
Other Countries
Australia 3,287 459 0.020 201
United Kingdom 19,912 278 0.043 434
Top States for CLAYTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 4,611 561 0.022 221
California 3,870 852 0.011 114
Florida 3,633 536 0.023 227
North Carolina 3,568 309 0.044 443
Georgia 2,477 415 0.030 303
Top States for CLAYTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 1,506 281 0.053 529
North Carolina 3,568 309 0.044 443
Tennessee 2,336 378 0.041 411
Alabama 1,822 392 0.041 410
Arkansas 1,025 328 0.038 383


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

Classification and Origin of CLAYTON

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 CLAYTON 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 CLAYTON 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 CLAYTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 977 1.78
White (Hispanic) 741 1.35
Native American/Alaskan 274 0.5
Asian/Pacific 209 0.38
White (Caucasian) 39,203 71.44
Black/African American 13,477 24.56

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

Meaning of CLAYTON in historical publications

CLAYTON. Parishes and places in cos. Stafford, Sussex, York, and Lancaster. The Claytons of the last-named shire claim descent from one Eobert, who came into England with the Conqueror, and received Clayton in reward of his services. B.L.G.

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 CLAYTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CLAYTON.

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 CLAYTON

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