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The COLLIER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 54,414 556 0.02 202
United States (1880 census) 10,585 559 0.021 212
Change since 1880 +43829 +3 -0.001 -10
Other Countries
Australia 2,086 777 0.013 128
United Kingdom 12,681 465 0.028 276
Top States for COLLIER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 5,230 474 0.025 251
California 3,728 877 0.011 110
Florida 3,555 546 0.022 222
Georgia 3,189 308 0.039 390
Alabama 2,827 241 0.064 636
Top States for COLLIER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 2,827 241 0.064 636
Mississippi 1,354 312 0.048 476
Tennessee 2,703 321 0.048 475
Georgia 3,189 308 0.039 390
Kentucky 1,447 427 0.036 358


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

Classification and Origin of COLLIER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the COLLIER 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 COLLIER 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 COLLIER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 974 1.79
White (Hispanic) 675 1.24
Native American/Alaskan 283 0.52
Asian/Pacific 201 0.37
White (Caucasian) 37,872 69.6
Black/African American 14,409 26.48

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

Meaning of COLLIER in historical publications

A name of occupation, a dealer or workman in coals.

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

COLLIER. A maker of charcoal, formerly a much more important and common occupation than now. In medieval documents it is M-ritten Le Coliere, Carbonarius, &c.

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 COLLIER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COLLIER.

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 COLLIER

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