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The COOLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 32,287 983 0.012 120
United States (1880 census) 8,291 725 0.017 166
Change since 1880 +23996 -258 -0.005 -46
Other Countries
Australia 502 3211 0.003 31
United Kingdom 1,346 4105 0.003 29
Top States for COOLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 2,050 1631 0.006 61
Mississippi 1,972 192 0.069 693
Texas 1,963 1304 0.009 94
Michigan 1,615 631 0.016 163
Florida 1,595 1325 0.010 100
Top States for COOLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 1,972 192 0.069 693
Alabama 1,276 601 0.029 287
Louisiana 1,263 508 0.028 283
South Carolina 934 707 0.023 233
Wyoming 110 474 0.022 223


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

Classification and Origin of COOLEY

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 COOLEY 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 COOLEY 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 COOLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 407 1.26
White (Hispanic) 375 1.16
Native American/Alaskan 274 0.85
Asian/Pacific 116 0.36
White (Caucasian) 25,881 80.16
Black/African American 5,237 16.22

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

Meaning of COOLEY in historical publications

COOLEY. Probably a corruption of Cowley. The ancestors of the Duke of Wellington, prior to their assumption of the name of Wesley or Wellesley, wrote their name indifferently Colley, Cowley, and Cooley. Times, 15 Sept., 1S52. So Cooper was anciently Cowper.

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 COOLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COOLEY.

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 COOLEY

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