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The HICKS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 153,618 155 0.057 570
United States (1880 census) 29,983 166 0.060 600
Change since 1880 +123635 +11 -0.003 -30
Other Countries
Australia 5,324 260 0.033 326
United Kingdom 15,352 380 0.033 334
Top States for HICKS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 12,400 187 0.059 595
North Carolina 9,240 81 0.115 1,148
Florida 9,109 181 0.057 570
California 9,058 363 0.027 267
Tennessee 8,295 73 0.146 1,458
Top States for HICKS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 6,688 82 0.150 1,504
Tennessee 8,295 73 0.146 1,458
Arkansas 3,145 82 0.118 1,176
North Carolina 9,240 81 0.115 1,148
Kentucky 4,387 95 0.109 1,085


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

Classification and Origin of HICKS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 568 0.37
White (Caucasian) 106,703 69.46
Black/African American 40,156 26.14
Mixed Race 2,581 1.68
White (Hispanic) 2,181 1.42
Native American/Alaskan 1,444 0.94

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

Meaning of HICKS in historical publications

Hig(s) or Hick(s). The son of Hugh. Hig or Hick being a common nick-name for Hugh. Hick, in the Dutch, signifies a simpleton.

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

HICKS. The village so called in Gloucestershire can hardly have been the source of this numerous surname, which is generally derived, doubtless, from Hicque, or Hick, a nick-name of Isaac.

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 HICKS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HICKS.

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 HICKS

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