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The ELWOOD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,881 6423 0.002 18
United States (1880 census) 1,564 3702 0.003 31
Change since 1880 +3317 -2721 -0.001 -13
Other Countries
Australia 48 26463 0.000 3
United Kingdom 800 6264 0.002 17
Top States for ELWOOD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 431 6350 0.001 13
Florida 336 5780 0.002 21
New York 273 6994 0.001 14
Ohio 239 5712 0.002 21
Texas 228 7964 0.001 11
Top States for ELWOOD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 88 1213 0.014 145
Delaware 66 2084 0.008 84
Utah 153 1916 0.007 69
Nebraska 114 1841 0.007 67
Iowa 142 2791 0.005 49


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

Classification and Origin of ELWOOD

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 ELWOOD 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 ELWOOD 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 ELWOOD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 92 1.88
Black/African American 89 1.82
Mixed Race 52 1.07
Native American/Alaskan 45 0.92
Asian/Pacific 19 0.39
White (Caucasian) 4,584 93.92

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

Meaning of ELWOOD in historical publications

ELWOOD. Several tenants in chief in Domesd. are called Alwoldus or Aldwold, a contraction of the A-Sax. JEthelwald. Ellis, Introd. i. 373. A border clan of Elwood existed temp. Elizabeth. In a MS. tract copied in Arch<i3ologia, XXII., 1(38, it is stated in reference to Liddesdale, that " the strength of this country consisteth in two surnames of Armestronges and ElAvoodes."

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 ELWOOD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ELWOOD.

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 ELWOOD

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