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The FREEMAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 162,686 140 0.060 603
United States (1880 census) 34,765 146 0.070 695
Change since 1880 +127921 +6 -0.01 -92
Other Countries
Australia 7,069 180 0.043 432
United Kingdom 24,892 208 0.054 542
Top States for FREEMAN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 13,155 171 0.063 631
California 11,720 251 0.035 346
North Carolina 9,876 69 0.123 1,227
Florida 9,531 158 0.060 596
Georgia 9,502 73 0.116 1,161
Top States for FREEMAN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 6,850 75 0.154 1,540
South Carolina 5,363 84 0.134 1,337
Arkansas 3,346 71 0.125 1,252
North Carolina 9,876 69 0.123 1,227
Mississippi 3,307 110 0.116 1,163


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

Classification and Origin of FREEMAN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Status Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 602 0.37
White (Caucasian) 110,561 67.96
Black/African American 44,690 27.47
Mixed Race 2,863 1.76
White (Hispanic) 2,424 1.49
Native American/Alaskan 1,546 0.95

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

Meaning of FREEMAN in historical publications

One who enjoys liberty, or is entitled to a franchise, or peculiar privilege, as the freeman of a city or state.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

Similar names to FREEMAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as FREEMAN.

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 FREEMAN

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