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The DAVIES surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 32,165 988 0.012 119
United States (1880 census) 4,274 1447 0.009 85
Change since 1880 +27891 +459 +0.003 +34
Other Countries
Australia 18,745 46 0.115 1,147
United Kingdom 202,990 6 0.442 4,420
Top States for DAVIES by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 3,757 792 0.011 111
Pennsylvania 2,245 506 0.018 183
Florida 2,199 853 0.014 138
New York 2,118 756 0.011 112
Ohio 1,484 833 0.013 131
Top States for DAVIES by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 1,011 205 0.045 453
Idaho 345 414 0.027 267
Washington 1,347 448 0.023 229
Montana 174 512 0.019 193
Oregon 640 550 0.019 187


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

Classification and Origin of DAVIES

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 470 1.46
Mixed Race 412 1.28
Asian/Pacific 190 0.59
Native American/Alaskan 100 0.31
White (Caucasian) 29,380 91.34
Black/African American 1,611 5.01

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

Meaning of DAVIES in historical publications

DAVIES. See David. Owing to the commonness of the Welsh patronymical use of Davies, this name stands fifth in point of numerousness m England and Wales, yielding priority only to Smith, Jones, Williams, and Taylor. In the XVI. Ann. Rep. of the Registrar Gen., the number of Williamses registered within a given period was 21,930, Taylors 10,775, and Davises 14,983 ; but as Davis is to all intents and purposes identical with Davies, bj' adding in 0200 Davises, this name numbers 21,188 individuals, beating the Taylors out of the field, and well-nigh vanquishing the Williamses. In fact Ijy taking in the Davisses and the Daveses, I believe the aggregate of the name would stand next after Smith and Jones for numerousness.

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 DAVIES

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DAVIES.

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 DAVIES

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