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The JENKINS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 213,737 95 0.079 792
United States (1880 census) 44,477 98 0.089 890
Change since 1880 +169260 +3 -0.01 -98
Other Countries
Australia 8,681 131 0.053 531
United Kingdom 44,394 97 0.097 967
Top States for JENKINS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 14,624 153 0.070 701
Florida 13,934 95 0.087 872
Georgia 11,852 56 0.145 1,448
California 11,781 257 0.035 348
Ohio 11,138 69 0.098 981
Top States for JENKINS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 9,635 37 0.240 2,402
Mississippi 5,551 50 0.195 1,951
Tennessee 9,062 64 0.159 1,593
Louisiana 6,926 60 0.155 1,550
Washington DC 872 46 0.152 1,524


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

Classification and Origin of JENKINS

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 JENKINS 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 JENKINS 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 JENKINS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 705 0.33
White (Caucasian) 128,499 60.12
Black/African American 76,881 35.97
Mixed Race 3,612 1.69
White (Hispanic) 2,864 1.34
Native American/Alaskan 1,176 0.55

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

Meaning of JENKINS in historical publications

From Jenks or John, and the patronymic termination ings, belonging to, or son of John.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

JENKINS. See John.

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 JENKINS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JENKINS.

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 JENKINS

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