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The FARLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 37,116 849 0.014 138
United States (1880 census) 10,938 543 0.022 219
Change since 1880 +26178 -306 -0.008 -81
Other Countries
Australia 1,671 975 0.010 102
United Kingdom 5,377 1163 0.012 117
Top States for FARLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 2,548 1326 0.008 75
Ohio 2,396 520 0.021 211
New York 2,093 846 0.011 110
Texas 1,965 1313 0.009 94
Florida 1,716 1245 0.011 107
Top States for FARLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 1,569 122 0.087 868
Maine 419 620 0.033 329
Alabama 1,237 634 0.028 278
Kentucky 1,021 614 0.025 253
Tennessee 1,401 651 0.025 246


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

Classification and Origin of FARLEY

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 FARLEY 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 FARLEY 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 FARLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 564 1.52
Mixed Race 516 1.39
Native American/Alaskan 278 0.75
Asian/Pacific 160 0.43
White (Caucasian) 31,764 85.58
Black/African American 3,838 10.34

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

Meaning of FARLEY in historical publications

FARLEY. FARLEIGH. Parishes and places in cos. Hants,' Wilts, Surrey, Stafford, Somerset, Bedford, and Kent.

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 FARLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as FARLEY.

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 FARLEY

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