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The HUNTER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 154,410 153 0.057 572
United States (1880 census) 40,939 112 0.082 819
Change since 1880 +113471 -41 -0.025 -247
Other Countries
Australia 9,933 115 0.061 608
United Kingdom 42,174 103 0.092 918
Top States for HUNTER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 11,869 248 0.035 350
Texas 10,950 215 0.053 525
Florida 9,961 152 0.062 623
Ohio 7,460 122 0.066 657
North Carolina 7,372 110 0.092 916
Top States for HUNTER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 5,113 91 0.127 1,274
Alabama 4,636 122 0.104 1,042
North Carolina 7,372 110 0.092 916
Washington DC 523 87 0.091 914
Georgia 7,291 115 0.089 891


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

Classification and Origin of HUNTER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 618 0.4
White (Caucasian) 97,155 62.92
Black/African American 49,874 32.3
Mixed Race 2,887 1.87
White (Hispanic) 2,378 1.54
Native American/Alaskan 1,498 0.97

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

Meaning of HUNTER in historical publications

HUNTER. Obviously derived from the chase, in old times a necessary art, as well as a favourite diā– ersiou. The Normans were great preservers and mighty huuters ofgame, and though the name is A-Sax. (hunta) it is generally considered that the families bearing it are chiefly of Norman origin. Under the Norman and early Scottish kings the office of king's hunter ( Venator Regis) was one of considerable dignity. " The huuters of Polmood in Tweedsmuir pretend to have had a charter of their lands from Graeme, who broke through the Wall of Antoninus in the V. cent ! Folks of Shields.

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 HUNTER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HUNTER.

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.

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Potential typos for HUNTER

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