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The HENDERSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 210,094 101 0.078 779
United States (1880 census) 50,161 76 0.1 1,003
Change since 1880 +159933 -25 -0.022 -224
Other Countries
Australia 10,325 108 0.063 632
United Kingdom 39,505 112 0.086 860
Top States for HENDERSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 20,050 98 0.096 962
California 15,502 174 0.046 458
Florida 12,416 110 0.078 777
Georgia 10,101 65 0.123 1,234
Ohio 8,736 96 0.077 769
Top States for HENDERSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 8,714 50 0.196 1,959
Mississippi 4,536 66 0.159 1,595
South Carolina 6,075 73 0.151 1,514
Arkansas 3,828 60 0.143 1,432
Louisiana 5,651 80 0.126 1,264


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

Classification and Origin of HENDERSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 798 0.38
White (Caucasian) 130,636 62.18
Black/African American 69,751 33.2
Mixed Race 3,803 1.81
White (Hispanic) 3,383 1.61
Native American/Alaskan 1,723 0.82

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

Meaning of HENDERSON in historical publications

HENDERSON. Either from the personal name Hendric, or from Andrew — probably the latter.

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 HENDERSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HENDERSON.

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 HENDERSON

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