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The HANDLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 9,671 3382 0.004 36
United States (1880 census) 67 41954 0.000 1
Change since 1880 +9604 +38572 +0.004 +35
Other Countries
Australia 1,365 1205 0.008 84
United Kingdom 6,904 906 0.015 150
Top States for HANDLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 868 903 0.020 195
California 833 3730 0.002 25
Texas 700 3375 0.003 34
Florida 672 3177 0.004 42
Ohio 417 3477 0.004 37
Top States for HANDLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 868 903 0.020 195
West Virginia 189 1428 0.010 105
Arkansas 204 1834 0.008 76
Missouri 417 1800 0.007 75
Indiana 345 2299 0.006 57


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

Classification and Origin of HANDLEY

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 HANDLEY 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 HANDLEY 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 HANDLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 934 9.66
White (Hispanic) 161 1.66
Mixed Race 151 1.56
Native American/Alaskan 47 0.49
Asian/Pacific 37 0.38
White (Caucasian) 8,341 86.25

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

Meaning of HANDLEY in historical publications

HANDLEY. There are parislies so called in Cheshire and Dorset; but the name may with equal probability spring from Andeli, in Normandy, famous as the residence of Coeur de Lion, as the birth-place of Poussin, the painter, and for the tomb of Corneille, the dramatist. Richer de Andeli was a capital tenant in Hampshire at the making of Domesday.

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 HANDLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HANDLEY.

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 HANDLEY

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