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The JANSSEN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 10,720 3100 0.004 40
United States (1880 census) 335 13140 0.001 7
Change since 1880 +10385 +10040 +0.003 +33
Other Countries
Australia 632 2558 0.004 39
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for JANSSEN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Illinois 1,090 1060 0.009 88
Wisconsin 1,089 424 0.020 203
Minnesota 946 428 0.019 192
Iowa 907 265 0.031 310
California 790 3601 0.002 23
Top States for JANSSEN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 249 219 0.033 330
Iowa 907 265 0.031 310
Nebraska 508 246 0.030 297
Wisconsin 1,089 424 0.020 203
Minnesota 946 428 0.019 192


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

Classification and Origin of JANSSEN

Region of origin: Europe

Country of origin: Germany

Language of origin: German

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the JANSSEN 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.

Ethnic distribution of JANSSEN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 188 1.75
Mixed Race 85 0.79
Asian/Pacific 42 0.39
Native American/Alaskan 32 0.3
Black/African American 15 0.14
White (Caucasian) 10,358 96.62

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

Meaning of JANSSEN in historical publications

JANSSEN. Originally from G uelderland. The head of the family was the Baron de Heez, one of the Protestant leaders against the Inquisition andthe tyranny of the Duke of Alva; he unfortunately fell into the hands of the Duke of Parma, and lost his estate and his life. On the dispersion of his family, his youngest son took refuge in France, and settled at Angouleme, where he lived to a very advanced age, leaving "a great estate and a numerous issue." His grandson, Theodore Janssen, removed into England in 1680, and was subsequently created a baronet by George I.

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 JANSSEN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JANSSEN.

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 JANSSEN

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