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The COE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 16,706 1989 0.006 62
United States (1880 census) 5,629 1086 0.011 113
Change since 1880 +11077 -903 -0.005 -51
Other Countries
Australia 968 1706 0.006 59
United Kingdom 6,074 1033 0.013 132
Top States for COE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,396 2282 0.004 41
Texas 1,146 2108 0.005 55
Ohio 1,006 1344 0.009 89
Florida 988 2092 0.006 62
North Carolina 906 1378 0.011 113
Top States for COE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Carolina 906 1378 0.011 113
Oregon 381 1077 0.011 111
Vermont 64 1702 0.011 105
South Carolina 414 1588 0.010 103
West Virginia 183 1434 0.010 101


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

Classification and Origin of COE

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 COE 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 COE 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 COE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 287 1.72
Mixed Race 262 1.57
Asian/Pacific 200 1.2
Native American/Alaskan 79 0.47
White (Caucasian) 14,133 84.6
Black/African American 1,744 10.44

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

Meaning of COE in historical publications

The primitive word Co is an elevation, exalted. Koh, in the Coptic, is a rock; koh, Persic, a hill; Coey, Gaelic, a hero, literally, a dog. Lower says that Coe is a Norfolk provincialism to designate "an odd old fellow."

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

COE. 1. In Norfolk, an eccentric old man. 2. A Scottish rivulet giving name to Glencoe. There is a Beatrix le Coe in H.R.

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 COE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COE.

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 COE

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