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The CURTIS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 98,958 280 0.037 367
United States (1880 census) 28,653 176 0.057 573
Change since 1880 +70305 -104 -0.02 -206
Other Countries
Australia 5,893 228 0.036 360
United Kingdom 24,416 214 0.053 532
Top States for CURTIS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 7,813 414 0.023 231
Texas 5,947 416 0.029 285
Michigan 5,673 139 0.057 571
Florida 5,220 331 0.033 327
Ohio 4,121 279 0.036 363
Top States for CURTIS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 2,311 41 0.181 1,813
Utah 2,335 73 0.105 1,046
Vermont 461 123 0.076 757
Tennessee 3,939 203 0.069 692
Arkansas 1,688 192 0.063 631


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

Classification and Origin of CURTIS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the CURTIS 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 CURTIS 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 CURTIS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 406 0.41
White (Caucasian) 79,048 79.88
Black/African American 15,259 15.42
Mixed Race 1,544 1.56
Native American/Alaskan 1,059 1.07
White (Hispanic) 1,653 1.67

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

Meaning of CURTIS in historical publications

An abbreviation of courteous. It may be from Curthose, a name given for wearing short hose, as the name Curtmantle was given to Henry the Second of England, from his introducing the fashion of wearing shorter mantles than had been previously used.

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


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 CURTIS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CURTIS.

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 CURTIS

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