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The HAMLIN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 16,358 2031 0.006 61
United States (1880 census) 5,539 1095 0.011 111
Change since 1880 +10819 -936 -0.005 -50
Other Countries
Australia 157 9433 0.001 10
United Kingdom 984 5330 0.002 21
Top States for HAMLIN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,172 2695 0.003 35
Michigan 1,132 928 0.011 114
Florida 995 2077 0.006 62
New York 891 2106 0.005 47
Ohio 890 1526 0.008 78
Top States for HAMLIN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 414 607 0.032 325
Vermont 82 1348 0.013 135
Oregon 442 908 0.013 129
Virginia 818 1127 0.012 116
New Hampshire 142 1399 0.011 115


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

Classification and Origin of HAMLIN

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 HAMLIN 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 HAMLIN 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 HAMLIN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 245 1.5
White (Hispanic) 234 1.43
Native American/Alaskan 128 0.78
Asian/Pacific 57 0.35
White (Caucasian) 13,304 81.33
Black/African American 2,388 14.6

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

Meaning of HAMLIN in historical publications

(origin: Local) A corruption of Hammeline, which was taken from Hamelen, a town on the river Weser, Germany. Hamelin, a town in Scotland, so called from Ham, a house or village, and lin, a waterfall, a small lake or pond.

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


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 HAMLIN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HAMLIN.

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 HAMLIN

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