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The EAGER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,174 12945 0.001 8
United States (1880 census) 1,042 5267 0.002 21
Change since 1880 +1132 -7678 -0.001 -13
Other Countries
Australia 252 6124 0.002 15
United Kingdom 593 7851 0.001 13
Top States for EAGER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 183 8089 0.001 15
Michigan 154 7977 0.002 15
Texas 148 11290 0.001 7
New York 146 12817 0.001 8
California 132 17757 0.000 4
Top States for EAGER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 34 4865 0.003 27
Wyoming 13 5492 0.003 26
Oklahoma 56 7069 0.002 16
Washington 95 7546 0.002 16
Michigan 154 7977 0.002 15


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

Classification and Origin of EAGER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 46 2.12
White (Hispanic) 41 1.89
Mixed Race 21 0.97
Asian/Pacific 11 0.51
Native American/Alaskan 5 0.23
White (Caucasian) 2,050 94.3

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

Meaning of EAGER in historical publications

Sharp-set, vehement, earnest. The name may be local, from the river Eger, in Bohemia, or Egra, a city on the river Eger.

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

EAGER. EAGAR. A trait of character ; or, perhaps, a corruption of Edgar (spelt in A-Sax. Eadgar) by the suppression of the letter D.

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 EAGER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as EAGER.

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 EAGER

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