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The MORRIS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 311,754 56 0.116 1,156
United States (1880 census) 70,699 46 0.141 1,414
Change since 1880 +241055 -10 -0.025 -258
Other Countries
Australia 16,975 56 0.104 1,038
United Kingdom 89,900 34 0.196 1,957
Top States for MORRIS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 24,273 77 0.116 1,164
California 22,138 104 0.065 654
Florida 19,245 59 0.120 1,204
Ohio 14,891 42 0.131 1,312
Georgia 14,294 40 0.175 1,746
Top States for MORRIS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 2,048 23 0.261 2,614
South Carolina 8,427 45 0.210 2,100
Alabama 9,185 45 0.207 2,065
West Virginia 3,584 25 0.198 1,982
Oklahoma 6,451 37 0.187 1,870


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

Classification and Origin of MORRIS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 236,684 75.92
Black/African American 60,137 19.29
Mixed Race 5,300 1.7
White (Hispanic) 5,393 1.73
Native American/Alaskan 2,899 0.93
Asian/Pacific 1,341 0.43

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

Meaning of MORRIS in historical publications

MORRIS. This common surname, -which

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

(origin: Welsh.) From Mawr and rys, a hero, a warrior, a brave man. Marth, the great, the warlike, same as Mavors.

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

Similar names to MORRIS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MORRIS.

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 MORRIS

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