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The KINNEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 30,956 1032 0.011 115
United States (1880 census) 12,672 463 0.025 253
Change since 1880 +18284 -569 -0.014 -138
Other Countries
Australia 84 16512 0.001 5
United Kingdom 527 8520 0.001 11
Top States for KINNEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 2,201 1503 0.006 65
Ohio 2,053 608 0.018 181
Michigan 1,809 537 0.018 182
Texas 1,723 1441 0.008 83
Florida 1,713 1209 0.011 107
Top States for KINNEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 781 277 0.061 613
Vermont 217 400 0.036 356
Iowa 666 418 0.023 228
Idaho 272 592 0.021 210
Alaska 120 623 0.019 191


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

Classification and Origin of KINNEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 495 1.6
White (Hispanic) 461 1.49
Native American/Alaskan 393 1.27
Asian/Pacific 214 0.69
White (Caucasian) 27,111 87.58
Black/African American 2,281 7.37

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

Meaning of KINNEY in historical publications

(origin: Gaelic) Cine, kindred, a clan, a tribe. Keny and Cany, seeing, knowing; Welsh, cenio, to see.

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

Similar names to KINNEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as KINNEY.

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 KINNEY

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