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The LINCOLN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 16,070 2068 0.006 60
United States (1880 census) 6,400 949 0.013 128
Change since 1880 +9670 -1119 -0.007 -68
Other Countries
Australia 1,019 1627 0.006 62
United Kingdom 3,407 1834 0.007 74
Top States for LINCOLN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,518 2134 0.004 45
Massachusetts 1,194 733 0.019 188
Texas 1,027 2358 0.005 49
New York 987 1914 0.005 52
Florida 882 2385 0.006 55
Top States for LINCOLN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alaska 170 409 0.027 271
Maine 342 765 0.027 268
Massachusetts 1,194 733 0.019 188
Vermont 100 1106 0.016 164
New Hampshire 173 1153 0.014 140


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

Classification and Origin of LINCOLN

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 LINCOLN 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 LINCOLN 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 LINCOLN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 607 3.78
Mixed Race 346 2.15
White (Hispanic) 288 1.79
Asian/Pacific 183 1.14
White (Caucasian) 12,445 77.44
Black/African American 2,200 13.69

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

Meaning of LINCOLN in historical publications

(origin: Local) From Lincoln in England. The name is derived from Lin in the Gaelic, Welsh, and Cor. Br., which signifies a pool, pond, or lake, and coln, the ridge or neck of a hill, so called from its situation, as it occupies the top and side of a steep hill on the river Witham, which here divides into three streams.

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

LINCOLN. The city.

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 LINCOLN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as LINCOLN.

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 LINCOLN

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