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The FENTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 15,220 2193 0.006 56
United States (1880 census) 4,945 1252 0.010 99
Change since 1880 +10275 -941 -0.004 -43
Other Countries
Australia 2,171 737 0.013 133
United Kingdom 8,365 733 0.018 182
Top States for FENTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,308 2356 0.004 39
New York 1,256 1407 0.007 66
Florida 1,064 1886 0.007 67
Pennsylvania 895 1594 0.007 73
Ohio 854 1539 0.008 75
Top States for FENTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 92 1140 0.015 151
Iowa 354 892 0.012 121
Wyoming 57 968 0.012 115
Utah 252 1162 0.011 113
Massachusetts 714 1214 0.011 112


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

Classification and Origin of FENTON

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 FENTON 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 FENTON 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 FENTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 866 5.69
White (Hispanic) 263 1.73
Mixed Race 183 1.2
Asian/Pacific 78 0.51
Native American/Alaskan 61 0.4
White (Caucasian) 13,771 90.48

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

Meaning of FENTON in historical publications

FENTON. Parishes and places in cos. York, Lincoln, and Stafford. The neighbourhood of Leeds was the principal habitat of the name in the XIV. cent.

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 FENTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as FENTON.

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 FENTON

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