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The DUNHAM surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 21,772 1506 0.008 81
United States (1880 census) 8,617 696 0.017 172
Change since 1880 +13155 -810 -0.009 -91
Other Countries
Australia 440 3605 0.003 27
United Kingdom 1,598 3559 0.003 35
Top States for DUNHAM by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,835 1728 0.005 54
New York 1,431 1228 0.008 75
Texas 1,394 1698 0.007 67
Florida 1,249 1587 0.008 78
Ohio 1,187 1090 0.010 105
Top States for DUNHAM by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 501 454 0.039 393
Alaska 153 435 0.024 244
New Hampshire 262 705 0.021 212
Vermont 121 815 0.020 199
Oklahoma 473 970 0.014 137


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

Classification and Origin of DUNHAM

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 298 1.37
White (Hispanic) 270 1.24
Native American/Alaskan 139 0.64
Asian/Pacific 98 0.45
White (Caucasian) 18,916 86.88
Black/African American 2,047 9.4

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

Meaning of DUNHAM in historical publications

(origin: Local) A small village in England, so called from dun, a hill, and ham, a village.

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

DUNHAM. Parishes and places in cos. Chester, Nottingham, Norfolli, &c.

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 DUNHAM

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DUNHAM.

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 DUNHAM

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