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The KINSLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,796 10527 0.001 10
United States (1880 census) 1,576 3670 0.003 32
Change since 1880 +1220 -6857 -0.002 -22
Other Countries
Australia 43 29056 0.000 3
United Kingdom 492 8965 0.001 11
Top States for KINSLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 262 7421 0.001 14
Florida 203 9239 0.001 13
Pennsylvania 189 8005 0.002 15
California 186 13436 0.001 5
Ohio 173 7801 0.002 15
Top States for KINSLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 65 1663 0.009 86
Vermont 35 2899 0.006 57
West Virginia 73 2937 0.004 40
Wyoming 15 4674 0.003 30
Nevada 43 5446 0.002 22


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

Classification and Origin of KINSLEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 50 1.79
White (Hispanic) 49 1.75
Mixed Race 31 1.11
Asian/Pacific 23 0.82
Native American/Alaskan 17 0.61
White (Caucasian) 2,626 93.92

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

Meaning of KINSLEY in historical publications

(origin: Gaelic.) From Ceannsallach, authoritative, commanding, ruling. Walker, in his Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards, relates the following story: Eochaidh, the then monarch, was defeated by Ena, King of Leinster, at the battle of Cruachan. In this engagement Ena killed Cetmathch, laureate bard to the monarch, although he fled for refuge under the shields of the Leinster troops. For this base deed the ruthless king was stigmatized with the epithet Kinsealach, that is, the foul and reproachful head, which name descended to his posterity.

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

KINSLEY. Probably a contraction of

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 KINSLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as KINSLEY.

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 KINSLEY

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