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The DOBSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 18,342 1798 0.007 68
United States (1880 census) 4,260 1454 0.009 85
Change since 1880 +14082 -344 -0.002 -17
Other Countries
Australia 2,676 588 0.016 164
United Kingdom 15,927 360 0.035 347
Top States for DOBSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 1,363 1476 0.009 85
California 1,190 2595 0.004 35
Georgia 913 1142 0.011 112
Pennsylvania 911 1577 0.007 74
Texas 904 2494 0.004 43
Top States for DOBSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 640 992 0.016 160
Maine 201 1211 0.016 158
Kentucky 586 977 0.014 145
Oklahoma 491 939 0.014 142
Alaska 80 936 0.013 128


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

Classification and Origin of DOBSON

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 DOBSON 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 DOBSON 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 DOBSON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 290 1.58
White (Hispanic) 266 1.45
Native American/Alaskan 112 0.61
Asian/Pacific 68 0.37
White (Caucasian) 14,652 79.88
Black/African American 2,957 16.12

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

Meaning of DOBSON in historical publications

DOBSON. See Robert.

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 DOBSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DOBSON.

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 DOBSON

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