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The COLWELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 10,081 3254 0.004 37
United States (1880 census) 4,827 1293 0.010 97
Change since 1880 +5254 -1961 -0.006 -60
Other Countries
Australia 391 4042 0.002 24
United Kingdom 1,232 4417 0.003 27
Top States for COLWELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 791 3016 0.004 38
California 740 4132 0.002 22
Ohio 723 1968 0.006 64
New York 542 3698 0.003 29
Illinois 509 2598 0.004 41
Top States for COLWELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 441 1338 0.011 109
Idaho 122 1507 0.009 94
Maine 99 2293 0.008 78
Rhode Island 71 2386 0.007 68
Indiana 396 2025 0.007 65


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

Classification and Origin of COLWELL

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 COLWELL 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 COLWELL 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 COLWELL in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 278 2.76
White (Hispanic) 177 1.76
Mixed Race 99 0.98
Native American/Alaskan 55 0.55
Asian/Pacific 45 0.45
White (Caucasian) 9,427 93.51

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

Meaning of COLWELL in historical publications

COLWELL. A corruption of Colville. 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 COLWELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COLWELL.

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 COLWELL

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