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The MONTGOMERY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 112,144 246 0.042 416
United States (1880 census) 25,729 196 0.051 515
Change since 1880 +86415 -50 -0.009 -99
Other Countries
Australia 3,044 510 0.019 186
United Kingdom 10,284 582 0.022 224
Top States for MONTGOMERY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 9,848 237 0.047 472
California 8,421 374 0.025 249
Ohio 6,745 138 0.059 594
Florida 5,696 300 0.036 356
Illinois 4,811 210 0.039 387
Top States for MONTGOMERY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 2,715 130 0.095 954
Alabama 4,051 145 0.091 911
Kentucky 3,335 131 0.083 825
South Carolina 3,076 168 0.077 767
Arkansas 1,974 151 0.074 738


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

Classification and Origin of MONTGOMERY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 617 0.55
Asian/Pacific 505 0.45
White (Caucasian) 78,748 70.22
Black/African American 28,630 25.53
Mixed Race 1,929 1.72
White (Hispanic) 1,716 1.53

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

Meaning of MONTGOMERY in historical publications

A corruption of the Latin "Mons Gomeris," Gomer's mount. Gomer, the son of Japhet, the hereditary name of the Gauls.

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

Similar names to MONTGOMERY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MONTGOMERY.

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 MONTGOMERY

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