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The JEFFERSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 51,361 594 0.019 190
United States (1880 census) 10,475 571 0.021 210
Change since 1880 +40886 -23 -0.002 -20
Other Countries
Australia 433 3657 0.003 26
United Kingdom 3,920 1587 0.009 85
Top States for JEFFERSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 4,860 590 0.023 233
California 3,197 1179 0.009 94
Louisiana 3,061 208 0.068 685
Virginia 2,863 324 0.040 404
Illinois 2,564 508 0.021 206
Top States for JEFFERSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 2,119 205 0.074 745
Washington DC 392 148 0.069 685
Louisiana 3,061 208 0.068 685
South Carolina 2,111 315 0.053 526
Delaware 405 314 0.052 517


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

Classification and Origin of JEFFERSON

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 JEFFERSON 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 JEFFERSON 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 JEFFERSON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 950 1.85
White (Hispanic) 806 1.57
Asian/Pacific 128 0.25
Black/African American 38,644 75.24
White (Caucasian) 9,615 18.72
Mixed Race 1,222 2.38

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

Meaning of JEFFERSON in historical publications

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

Similar names to JEFFERSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JEFFERSON.

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 JEFFERSON

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