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The LYONS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 82,258 339 0.030 305
United States (1880 census) 22,506 230 0.045 450
Change since 1880 +59752 -109 -0.015 -145
Other Countries
Australia 4,823 300 0.030 295
United Kingdom 12,912 458 0.028 281
Top States for LYONS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 5,851 542 0.017 173
New York 5,183 293 0.027 273
Florida 5,068 345 0.032 317
Pennsylvania 4,425 238 0.036 360
Ohio 4,392 262 0.039 387
Top States for LYONS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 811 273 0.064 636
Massachusetts 3,838 161 0.060 604
Kentucky 2,394 224 0.059 592
Louisiana 2,436 238 0.055 545
Delaware 422 253 0.054 539


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

Classification and Origin of LYONS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 773 0.94
Asian/Pacific 370 0.45
White (Caucasian) 63,240 76.88
Black/African American 15,259 18.55
Mixed Race 1,374 1.67
White (Hispanic) 1,242 1.51

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

Meaning of LYONS in historical publications

LYONS. Not from the great French city, but from the small town of Lious-laForet, in the department of the Eure in Normandy.

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 LYONS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as LYONS.

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 LYONS

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