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The HERBERT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 25,224 1285 0.009 94
United States (1880 census) 6,670 906 0.013 133
Change since 1880 +18554 -379 -0.004 -39
Other Countries
Australia 3,585 415 0.022 219
United Kingdom 13,655 429 0.03 297
Top States for HERBERT by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 2,158 1518 0.006 64
Florida 1,781 1153 0.011 111
New York 1,770 1006 0.009 93
Pennsylvania 1,531 864 0.012 125
Texas 1,259 1921 0.006 60
Top States for HERBERT by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 1,053 614 0.024 236
Maryland 1,211 429 0.023 229
New Hampshire 242 779 0.020 196
Washington DC 104 593 0.018 182
Utah 351 858 0.016 157


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

Classification and Origin of HERBERT

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 618 2.45
Mixed Race 353 1.4
Native American/Alaskan 222 0.88
Asian/Pacific 161 0.64
White (Caucasian) 18,820 74.61
Black/African American 5,050 20.02

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

Meaning of HERBERT in historical publications

(origin: Sax.) From Here, a soldier, and beorht, bright--an expert soldier, or the glory of an army; famous in war.

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

HERBERT. An ancient personal name. The noble Herberts descend from Herbert, Count of Yermandois, who came hither with the Conqueror, and was chamberlain to William Rufus. B.L.G. Collins says : " the genealogists deduce the family from Herbert, a natural son of King Henry I., but I think it more evident that Henry Fitz-Herbert, chamberlain to the said king, was ancestor to all of the name of Herbert."

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 HERBERT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HERBERT.

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 HERBERT

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