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The LAVENDER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 7,576 4340 0.003 28
United States (1880 census) 1,376 4146 0.003 28
Change since 1880 +6200 -194 0 0
Other Countries
Australia 815 1989 0.005 50
United Kingdom 3,004 2061 0.007 65
Top States for LAVENDER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 752 3290 0.004 36
Georgia 696 1635 0.009 85
Alabama 628 1263 0.014 141
Florida 500 4389 0.003 31
California 464 6481 0.001 14
Top States for LAVENDER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 628 1263 0.014 141
Georgia 696 1635 0.009 85
Tennessee 394 2285 0.007 69
South Carolina 238 2674 0.006 59
Delaware 41 3601 0.005 52


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

Classification and Origin of LAVENDER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 115 1.52
Mixed Race 110 1.45
White (Hispanic) 105 1.39
Asian/Pacific 27 0.36
White (Caucasian) 5,505 72.66
Black/African American 1,714 22.62

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

Meaning of LAVENDER in historical publications

LAVENDER. This Is one of the numerous instances occurring in our family nomenclature of a name's 'not meaning what it says.' As we have many surnames derived from the vegetable kingdom, this might well be associated with the wellknown garden herb ; but it comes from an entirely different source. The obsolete French word larandicr, awasher-wirt??, is its real parent ; and as lavanderie, wash-house, has become laundry, so has this surname become further corrupted to Launder and Lander.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

A laundress; Lavandière, French, one who washes, from the Latin, lavo, to wash.

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

Similar names to LAVENDER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as LAVENDER.

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 LAVENDER

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