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The GARRETT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 107,777 253 0.040 400
United States (1880 census) 18,462 288 0.037 369
Change since 1880 +89315 +35 +0.003 +31
Other Countries
Australia 1,983 817 0.012 121
United Kingdom 8,959 668 0.020 195
Top States for GARRETT by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 12,144 192 0.058 582
California 7,139 461 0.021 211
Georgia 6,331 141 0.077 773
Tennessee 5,606 120 0.099 985
Florida 5,271 342 0.033 330
Top States for GARRETT by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 4,864 114 0.109 1,094
Tennessee 5,606 120 0.099 985
South Carolina 3,828 136 0.095 954
Oklahoma 3,028 117 0.088 878
Arkansas 2,318 123 0.087 867


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

Classification and Origin of GARRETT

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Diminutive

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 604 0.56
Asian/Pacific 334 0.31
White (Caucasian) 78,063 72.43
Black/African American 25,403 23.57
Mixed Race 1,778 1.65
White (Hispanic) 1,595 1.48

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

Meaning of GARRETT in historical publications

GARRETT. GARRATT. It has been decided legally (!) that Garrett and Gerald are but one name. Jacob, Law Diet., title Mixnomer. But Garrett is a hamlet iu Surrey, famous for its mock-mayor.

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 GARRETT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GARRETT.

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 GARRETT

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