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The HORTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 83,523 335 0.031 310
United States (1880 census) 20,011 259 0.040 400
Change since 1880 +63512 -76 -0.009 -90
Other Countries
Australia 2,729 577 0.017 167
United Kingdom 13,452 436 0.029 293
Top States for HORTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 7,688 327 0.037 369
California 5,106 655 0.015 151
North Carolina 4,655 219 0.058 578
Alabama 4,109 152 0.092 924
Florida 4,079 477 0.026 255
Top States for HORTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 4,109 152 0.092 924
Arkansas 2,033 153 0.076 760
South Carolina 2,989 181 0.075 745
Mississippi 1,966 202 0.069 691
Tennessee 3,639 217 0.064 640


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

Classification and Origin of HORTON

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 HORTON 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 HORTON 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 HORTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 576 0.69
Asian/Pacific 334 0.4
White (Caucasian) 60,262 72.15
Black/African American 19,628 23.5
Mixed Race 1,445 1.73
White (Hispanic) 1,278 1.53

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

Meaning of HORTON in historical publications

(origin: Local) A town in Yorkshire England--the horrible town, or the town in the ravine, from Horr, a ravine.

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

HORTON. (A-Sax. or, or wort, herbs, or vegetables, and tun., an enclosure — a garden). Parishes and places in cos. Bucks, Chester, Dorset, Gloucest., Kent, Northampt., Northumb., Salop, York, Stafford, &c.

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 HORTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HORTON.

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 HORTON

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