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The JEFFERY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 9,048 3611 0.003 34
United States (1880 census) 1,202 4678 0.002 24
Change since 1880 +7846 +1067 +0.001 +10
Other Countries
Australia 3,037 514 0.019 186
United Kingdom 9,125 656 0.02 199
Top States for JEFFERY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 854 2811 0.004 41
California 793 3922 0.002 23
Michigan 587 2005 0.006 59
Ohio 492 2956 0.004 43
Florida 486 4354 0.003 30
Top States for JEFFERY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Arkansas 288 1290 0.011 108
Utah 222 1435 0.010 99
South Carolina 248 2513 0.006 62
Alabama 263 2542 0.006 59
Michigan 587 2005 0.006 59


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

Classification and Origin of JEFFERY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 166 1.83
Mixed Race 150 1.66
Asian/Pacific 79 0.87
Native American/Alaskan 67 0.74
White (Caucasian) 6,331 69.97
Black/African American 2,255 24.92

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

Meaning of JEFFERY in historical publications

JEFFERY. JEFFERAY. The Teutonic personal name Godfridus, whence also Godfrey. In Domesday the ordinary form is Goisfridus. From it we get the modifications and derivatives, Jefferson, Jcaffreson, Jeffries, Jeff cries, Jefferiss, Jefl', Jeffs, JeiAson, Jepson, Jeffcock, Jefkins, with minor variations of spelling too numerous for insertion.

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 JEFFERY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JEFFERY.

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 JEFFERY

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