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The COWLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 5,619 5664 0.002 21
United States (1880 census) 1,806 3281 0.004 36
Change since 1880 +3813 -2383 -0.002 -15
Other Countries
Australia 1,332 1232 0.008 81
United Kingdom 7,194 865 0.016 157
Top States for COWLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 610 3707 0.003 29
Utah 589 464 0.026 264
California 453 6216 0.001 13
Florida 294 6700 0.002 18
New York 236 8228 0.001 12
Top States for COWLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 589 464 0.026 264
Wyoming 36 1707 0.007 73
Idaho 70 2622 0.005 54
Alabama 219 2843 0.005 49
Nevada 75 3185 0.004 38


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

Classification and Origin of COWLEY

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 COWLEY 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 COWLEY 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 COWLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 397 7.07
White (Hispanic) 172 3.06
Mixed Race 55 0.98
Native American/Alaskan 21 0.37
Asian/Pacific 19 0.34
White (Caucasian) 4,955 88.18

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

Meaning of COWLEY in historical publications

COWLEY. Parishes, kc. in cos. Gloucester, Middlesex, Oxford, 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 COWLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as COWLEY.

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 COWLEY

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