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The COMPTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 34,788 910 0.013 129
United States (1880 census) 7,661 783 0.015 153
Change since 1880 +27127 -127 -0.002 -24
Other Countries
Australia 745 2186 0.005 46
United Kingdom 4,033 1552 0.009 88
Top States for COMPTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 2,865 926 0.014 137
Virginia 2,528 323 0.036 357
California 2,258 1481 0.007 67
Kentucky 1,911 301 0.047 473
Ohio 1,851 692 0.016 163
Top States for COMPTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 1,911 301 0.047 473
Virginia 2,528 323 0.036 357
West Virginia 591 451 0.033 327
Oklahoma 904 504 0.026 262
Alabama 1,070 721 0.024 241


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

Classification and Origin of COMPTON

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 COMPTON 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 COMPTON 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 COMPTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 525 1.51
Mixed Race 424 1.22
Native American/Alaskan 257 0.74
Asian/Pacific 118 0.34
White (Caucasian) 30,947 88.96
Black/African American 2,512 7.22

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

Meaning of COMPTON in historical publications

COMPTON. The Marquis of Northampton derives from Turchil, possessor of Arden, co. Warwick, before the Conquest. His descendant Osbert, in 1169, assumed the name of Compton from his estate in the same county. The Gazetteer mentions thirty other places of this name in various counties.

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 COMPTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COMPTON.

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 COMPTON

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