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The HALSEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 7,420 4422 0.003 28
United States (1880 census) 2,490 2437 0.005 50
Change since 1880 +4930 -1985 -0.002 -22
Other Countries
Australia 163 9074 0.001 10
United Kingdom 1,743 3302 0.004 38
Top States for HALSEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 612 3134 0.003 32
Ohio 586 2352 0.005 52
Virginia 562 1655 0.008 79
California 540 5219 0.002 16
Michigan 400 2902 0.004 40
Top States for HALSEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Virginia 562 1655 0.008 79
Nebraska 131 1541 0.008 77
West Virginia 136 1856 0.008 75
Wyoming 34 1797 0.007 69
Delaware 48 2861 0.006 61


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

Classification and Origin of HALSEY

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 HALSEY 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 HALSEY 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 HALSEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 779 10.5
Mixed Race 96 1.29
White (Hispanic) 93 1.25
Native American/Alaskan 68 0.92
Asian/Pacific 24 0.32
White (Caucasian) 6,360 85.71

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

Meaning of HALSEY in historical publications

HALSEY. The founder of this family was William Hawse alias Chamber, to whom Henry VIII. granted the rectory and patronage of Great Gaddesdcn, co. Hertford, where, under the name of Halsey, the family have ever since resided. B.L.G.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

(origin: Local) From Hals, and ey or ig, Saxon, an island, water, the sea; the neck on the water, or running into the sea. The island neck.

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

Similar names to HALSEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HALSEY.

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 HALSEY

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