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The HOWELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 109,634 249 0.041 406
United States (1880 census) 22,962 228 0.046 459
Change since 1880 +86672 -21 -0.005 -53
Other Countries
Australia 3,849 385 0.024 235
United Kingdom 15,675 365 0.034 341
Top States for HOWELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 7,888 211 0.049 494
Texas 7,793 314 0.037 374
North Carolina 7,317 109 0.091 909
California 6,213 508 0.018 183
Georgia 6,093 143 0.074 744
Top States for HOWELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 3,096 114 0.109 1,088
Alabama 4,375 131 0.098 984
North Carolina 7,317 109 0.091 909
South Carolina 3,457 148 0.086 862
Tennessee 4,880 140 0.086 858


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

Classification and Origin of HOWELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 735 0.67
Asian/Pacific 395 0.36
White (Caucasian) 89,143 81.31
Black/African American 15,952 14.55
Mixed Race 1,623 1.48
White (Hispanic) 1,798 1.64

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

Meaning of HOWELL in historical publications

(origin: Cor. Br.) From Houl, the sun; Greek, ??, Euhill, high, exalted.

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

AP HOWELL. (Welsh.) The son of Howell. Hence Powell.

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 HOWELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HOWELL.

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 HOWELL

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