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The DAVIS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,072,335 7 0.398 3,975
United States (1880 census) 255,511 7 0.511 5,110
Change since 1880 +816824 0 -0.113 -1135
Other Countries
Australia 24,745 22 0.151 1,514
United Kingdom 71,435 52 0.156 1,555
Top States for DAVIS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 87,603 12 0.420 4,201
California 69,936 20 0.206 2,065
Florida 67,364 8 0.421 4,215
North Carolina 52,368 6 0.651 6,506
Georgia 51,601 6 0.630 6,303
Top States for DAVIS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 36,967 6 0.831 8,313
South Carolina 32,311 5 0.805 8,054
Mississippi 22,860 6 0.804 8,036
Tennessee 40,903 6 0.719 7,189
Arkansas 18,203 6 0.681 6,809


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

Classification and Origin of DAVIS

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 DAVIS 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 DAVIS 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 DAVIS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 694,122 64.73
Black/African American 329,957 30.77
Mixed Race 18,551 1.73
White (Hispanic) 16,943 1.58
Native American/Alaskan 8,471 0.79
Asian/Pacific 4,289 0.4

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

Meaning of DAVIS in historical publications

DAVIS. DAVISS. See Davies and David.

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 DAVIS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DAVIS.

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 DAVIS

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