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The NORRIS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 85,212 326 0.032 316
United States (1880 census) 20,035 257 0.040 401
Change since 1880 +65177 -69 -0.008 -85
Other Countries
Australia 4,809 301 0.029 294
United Kingdom 17,754 314 0.039 387
Top States for NORRIS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 6,667 363 0.032 320
North Carolina 5,983 150 0.074 743
Florida 5,485 312 0.034 343
California 5,038 636 0.015 149
Ohio 4,900 222 0.043 432
Top States for NORRIS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 4,000 151 0.090 899
South Carolina 3,247 158 0.081 809
North Carolina 5,983 150 0.074 743
Tennessee 3,514 218 0.062 618
Indiana 2,955 201 0.049 486


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

Classification and Origin of NORRIS

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 NORRIS 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 NORRIS 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 NORRIS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 792 0.93
Asian/Pacific 315 0.37
White (Caucasian) 69,882 82.01
Black/African American 11,768 13.81
Mixed Race 1,304 1.53
White (Hispanic) 1,150 1.35

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

Meaning of NORRIS in historical publications

Norroy, or north-king; a title given, in England, to the third king-at-arms. Norrie, French, a foster-child.

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

NORRIS. Anciently written Le Nereis, Norres, Noreys, &c., and in Latin charters, Noricus, Noreusis, ire. It is widely spread both in Normandy and England, and may imply either NoTth-cotintrijman or the NorKegiaii. Ormerod's Miscell. Palatina, p. G. Gaimar applies the term to the Norwegians â– whom Harold defeated at Stamford Bridge. " Quinte jur apres reis Harold vint, Contra Norreis bataille tint."

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 NORRIS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as NORRIS.

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 NORRIS

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