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The EARNEST surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 7,865 4177 0.003 29
United States (1880 census) 2,099 2852 0.004 42
Change since 1880 +5766 -1325 -0.001 -13
Other Countries
Australia 5 142138 0.000 0
United Kingdom 18 28990 0.000 0
Top States for EARNEST by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 685 1115 0.015 154
Florida 673 3156 0.004 42
Pennsylvania 618 2529 0.005 50
Texas 593 3875 0.003 28
California 489 5945 0.001 14
Top States for EARNEST by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 685 1115 0.015 154
Mississippi 354 1238 0.012 124
Arkansas 259 1420 0.010 97
West Virginia 123 2051 0.007 68
Oklahoma 233 2112 0.007 68


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

Classification and Origin of EARNEST

Sorry, we don't have any origin and classification information for the EARNEST surname.

Ethnic distribution of EARNEST in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 691 8.79
White (Hispanic) 112 1.42
Mixed Race 85 1.08
Asian/Pacific 39 0.5
Native American/Alaskan 33 0.42
White (Caucasian) 6,905 87.79

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

EARNEST is a genuine surname, but it's an uncommon one. Did you possibly mean one of these instead?

Meaning of EARNEST in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of EARNEST.

Similar names to EARNEST

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as EARNEST.

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 EARNEST

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