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The DANIELS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 138,776 180 0.051 514
United States (1880 census) 19,945 263 0.04 399
Change since 1880 +118831 +83 +0.011 +115
Other Countries
Australia 3,191 482 0.02 195
United Kingdom 15,193 385 0.033 331
Top States for DANIELS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 10,687 145 0.067 669
Texas 9,964 247 0.048 478
California 9,104 367 0.027 269
Ohio 7,061 142 0.062 622
North Carolina 6,992 126 0.087 869
Top States for DANIELS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 2,589 151 0.091 910
Delaware 682 144 0.087 870
North Carolina 6,992 126 0.087 869
Georgia 6,460 140 0.079 789
Alabama 3,428 190 0.077 771


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

Classification and Origin of DANIELS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 611 0.44
White (Caucasian) 79,338 57.17
Black/African American 52,499 37.83
Mixed Race 2,664 1.92
White (Hispanic) 2,470 1.78
Native American/Alaskan 1,193 0.86

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

Meaning of DANIELS in historical publications

(origin: Heb.) Daniel signifies, the judgment of God, the s added, being a contraction of son--the son of Daniel.

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

DANIELS. See Daniel.

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 DANIELS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DANIELS.

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 DANIELS

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