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The FANNING surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 10,836 3069 0.004 40
United States (1880 census) 3,592 1707 0.007 72
Change since 1880 +7244 -1362 -0.003 -32
Other Countries
Australia 755 2155 0.005 46
United Kingdom 1,195 4532 0.003 26
Top States for FANNING by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 699 2732 0.004 37
California 697 4214 0.002 21
Texas 672 3380 0.003 32
Illinois 623 2061 0.005 50
Florida 519 3927 0.003 32
Top States for FANNING by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Rhode Island 131 1175 0.012 125
South Carolina 469 1416 0.012 117
Wyoming 54 1067 0.011 109
South Dakota 79 1243 0.010 105
Oklahoma 348 1366 0.010 101


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

Classification and Origin of FANNING

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 726 6.7
White (Hispanic) 153 1.41
Mixed Race 134 1.24
Native American/Alaskan 92 0.85
Asian/Pacific 36 0.33
White (Caucasian) 9,695 89.47

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

Meaning of FANNING in historical publications

FANNING. The family were located in CO. Limerick, and the name is of record in Ireland temp. Edward II. (D'Altou.) The latter is probably local, and identical with the English Penning.

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 FANNING

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as FANNING.

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 FANNING

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