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The JACOBS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 115,540 233 0.043 428
United States (1880 census) 24,816 204 0.050 496
Change since 1880 +90724 -29 -0.007 -68
Other Countries
Australia 3,485 429 0.021 213
United Kingdom 10,088 592 0.022 220
Top States for JACOBS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 9,734 310 0.029 287
Florida 7,984 202 0.050 500
New York 6,913 185 0.036 364
Texas 6,203 393 0.030 297
North Carolina 5,761 157 0.072 716
Top States for JACOBS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 502 104 0.082 825
North Carolina 5,761 157 0.072 716
South Carolina 2,836 186 0.071 707
Delaware 470 219 0.060 600
Maryland 2,962 141 0.056 559


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

Classification and Origin of JACOBS

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 JACOBS 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 JACOBS 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 JACOBS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 555 0.48
White (Caucasian) 88,561 76.65
Black/African American 18,325 15.86
Native American/Alaskan 4,229 3.66
Mixed Race 1,883 1.63
White (Hispanic) 1,987 1.72

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

Meaning of JACOBS in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of JACOBS.

Similar names to JACOBS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JACOBS.

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 JACOBS

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