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The NILSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 3,462 8737 0.001 13
United States (1880 census) 2,728 2224 0.005 55
Change since 1880 +734 -6513 -0.004 -42
Other Countries
Australia 94 14969 0.001 6
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for NILSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 379 8850 0.001 11
Washington 286 3285 0.005 49
Utah 232 1650 0.010 104
Minnesota 201 4349 0.004 41
Illinois 162 10305 0.001 13
Top States for NILSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 93 1362 0.012 123
Utah 232 1650 0.010 104
North Dakota 61 2114 0.009 95
Montana 45 3765 0.005 50
Washington 286 3285 0.005 49


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

Classification and Origin of NILSON

Sorry, we don't have any origin and classification information for the NILSON surname.

Ethnic distribution of NILSON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 490 14.15
White (Hispanic) 50 1.44
Mixed Race 42 1.21
Native American/Alaskan 31 0.9
Asian/Pacific 24 0.69
White (Caucasian) 2,825 81.6

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

NILSON is a genuine surname, but it's an uncommon one. Did you possibly mean one of these instead?

Meaning of NILSON in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of NILSON.

Similar names to NILSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as NILSON.

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 NILSON

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