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The CLINTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 15,714 2118 0.006 58
United States (1880 census) 4,266 1449 0.009 85
Change since 1880 +11448 -669 -0.003 -27
Other Countries
Australia 492 3269 0.003 30
United Kingdom 2,475 2476 0.005 54
Top States for CLINTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,329 2500 0.004 39
Texas 1,161 2175 0.006 56
New York 963 2041 0.005 51
Florida 798 2709 0.005 50
Illinois 714 1899 0.006 57
Top States for CLINTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Oklahoma 543 911 0.016 157
Mississippi 333 1346 0.012 117
South Carolina 462 1507 0.012 115
Arkansas 299 1260 0.011 112
Missouri 555 1356 0.010 99


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

Classification and Origin of CLINTON

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 CLINTON 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 CLINTON 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 CLINTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 354 2.25
White (Hispanic) 324 2.06
Native American/Alaskan 237 1.51
Asian/Pacific 64 0.41
White (Caucasian) 10,626 67.62
Black/African American 4,109 26.15

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

Meaning of CLINTON in historical publications

(origin: Dano-Norman. Local) Klint, a promontory, brow of a hill, cape; and ton, a town. Colonel Charles Clinton, the progenitor of the distinguished family of Clinton, and his associate emigrants from Ireland, settled, in 1722, in "Little Britain," Orange County, New York.

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

CLINTON. The duke of Newcastle derives from Reinbaldus, who came hither at the Conquest, and assumed his surname from Gllmpton, (anciently written Clinton) CO. Oxford, part of the possessions granted to him for his services. Peerage. Some authorities make Eeinbald a De Tancarville.

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 CLINTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CLINTON.

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 CLINTON

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