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The COLTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 6,313 5102 0.002 23
United States (1880 census) 2,480 2453 0.005 50
Change since 1880 +3833 -2649 -0.003 -27
Other Countries
Australia 164 9064 0.001 10
United Kingdom 1,770 3258 0.004 39
Top States for COLTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 677 4398 0.002 20
New York 556 3546 0.003 29
Florida 451 4587 0.003 28
Georgia 335 2868 0.004 41
Oregon 283 1528 0.008 83
Top States for COLTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 246 1265 0.011 110
Oregon 283 1528 0.008 83
Vermont 48 2179 0.008 79
Idaho 86 2158 0.007 66
Maine 63 3218 0.005 49


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

Classification and Origin of COLTON

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 COLTON 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 COLTON 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 COLTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 669 10.6
White (Hispanic) 167 2.65
Mixed Race 95 1.5
Native American/Alaskan 39 0.62
Asian/Pacific 34 0.54
White (Caucasian) 5,309 84.1

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

Meaning of COLTON in historical publications

(origin: Local) The town at the neck of the hill, from Col, the neck of a hill, and ton, a town. Caltuinn, Gaelic, hazel.

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

COLTON. Parishes, &c. in cos. Norfolk, Staftbrd, and York.

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 COLTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COLTON.

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 COLTON

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