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The JENNINGS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 87,038 321 0.032 323
United States (1880 census) 21,097 243 0.042 422
Change since 1880 +65941 -78 -0.01 -99
Other Countries
Australia 4,580 321 0.028 280
United Kingdom 19,622 283 0.043 427
Top States for JENNINGS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 6,742 362 0.032 323
California 5,751 558 0.017 170
Florida 4,920 359 0.031 308
Virginia 4,752 134 0.067 671
New York 3,663 430 0.019 193
Top States for JENNINGS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 3,289 157 0.082 820
Virginia 4,752 134 0.067 671
Tennessee 3,627 215 0.064 638
Missouri 3,525 156 0.063 630
Mississippi 1,580 261 0.056 555


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

Classification and Origin of JENNINGS

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 JENNINGS 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 JENNINGS 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 JENNINGS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 487 0.56
Asian/Pacific 470 0.54
White (Caucasian) 63,868 73.38
Black/African American 19,462 22.36
Mixed Race 1,410 1.62
White (Hispanic) 1,332 1.53

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

Meaning of JENNINGS in historical publications


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 JENNINGS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JENNINGS.

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 JENNINGS

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