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The CRAWFORD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 158,121 146 0.059 586
United States (1880 census) 39,953 116 0.080 799
Change since 1880 +118168 -30 -0.021 -213
Other Countries
Australia 6,688 189 0.041 409
United Kingdom 22,503 238 0.049 490
Top States for CRAWFORD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 13,108 166 0.063 629
California 11,213 256 0.033 331
Florida 9,623 153 0.060 602
Ohio 8,444 97 0.074 744
Georgia 7,773 99 0.095 949
Top States for CRAWFORD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 4,630 101 0.115 1,154
Tennessee 6,127 104 0.108 1,077
Alabama 4,717 111 0.106 1,061
Georgia 7,773 99 0.095 949
Oklahoma 3,163 101 0.092 917


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

Classification and Origin of CRAWFORD

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 CRAWFORD 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 CRAWFORD 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 CRAWFORD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 632 0.4
White (Caucasian) 112,756 71.31
Black/African American 38,692 24.47
Mixed Race 2,672 1.69
White (Hispanic) 2,293 1.45
Native American/Alaskan 1,091 0.69

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

Meaning of CRAWFORD in historical publications

(origin: Local) First assumed by the proprietor of the lands and barony of Crawford, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The extreme ancestor of the ancient family of Crawford, in Scotland, was Reginald, youngest son of Alan, the fourth Earl of Richmond. He seems to have accompanied David the First to the north, and to have received extensive grants of land in Strath Cluyd, or Clydesdale, whence his immediate descendants adopted the name of Crawford, then forming one of the largest baronies in Scotland, and signifying in Gaelic "The pass of blood," from cru, bloody, and ford, a pass or way, as commemorative, probably, of some sanguinary conflict between the Aborigines and the Roman invaders. The name has been derived by others from crodh and port, pronounced cro-fort, signifying "a sheltering place for cattle."

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

CRAWFORD. A parish of Lanarkshire, and several otlier places in North Britain. Sir Reginald de Craufurd, sheriff of Ayrshire in 12"J6, seems to have been the common ancestor of many branches of the family. The name \vas anciently written Craufuird.

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 CRAWFORD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CRAWFORD.

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 CRAWFORD

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