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The COLLINS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 317,848 52 0.118 1,178
United States (1880 census) 76,741 41 0.153 1,535
Change since 1880 +241107 -11 -0.035 -357
Other Countries
Australia 18,890 45 0.116 1,156
United Kingdom 64,910 63 0.141 1,413
Top States for COLLINS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 22,011 86 0.106 1,056
California 21,367 109 0.063 631
Florida 19,459 57 0.122 1,218
Ohio 15,750 37 0.139 1,387
Georgia 13,942 41 0.170 1,703
Top States for COLLINS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 9,530 28 0.236 2,358
Delaware 1,847 26 0.236 2,357
Tennessee 12,250 39 0.215 2,153
South Carolina 8,497 44 0.212 2,118
Mississippi 5,729 45 0.201 2,014


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

Classification and Origin of COLLINS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 234,953 73.92
Black/African American 68,973 21.7
Mixed Race 5,244 1.65
White (Hispanic) 5,117 1.61
Native American/Alaskan 2,384 0.75
Asian/Pacific 1,176 0.37

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

Meaning of COLLINS in historical publications

(origin: Gaelic.) From Cuilein, darling, a term of endearment applied to young animals, as Catulus, in Latin. In the Welsh, Collen signifies hazel--a hazel-grove.

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

COLLIN. COLLINS. COLLIS. Colin is one of the diminutives of Nicholas, and Collins may be its genitive, and CoUis a corruption thereof. There are, however, other assigned etymons, as Fr. colli rn;, a hill, and Gael, cuilcin, a term of endearment. But Collinc is also an ancient baptismal name, which existed before the comiilation of Domesday. According to B.L.G. the Collinses of Walford existed, CO iwrnine, in the time of the Conqueror, in cos. Hereford and Salop.

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 COLLINS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COLLINS.

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 COLLINS

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