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The OCONNELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 35,610 886 0.013 132
United States (1880 census) 1,884 3145 0.004 38
Change since 1880 +33726 +2259 +0.009 +94
Other Countries
Australia 43 28811 0.000 3
United Kingdom 693 6970 0.002 15
Top States for OCONNELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 3,996 127 0.063 629
New York 3,937 376 0.021 207
California 3,015 1037 0.009 89
Florida 2,237 857 0.014 140
Illinois 2,224 481 0.018 179
Top States for OCONNELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 3,996 127 0.063 629
Rhode Island 451 201 0.043 430
New Hampshire 483 324 0.039 391
Connecticut 1,275 196 0.037 374
Vermont 157 582 0.026 258


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

Classification and Origin of OCONNELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 516 1.45
Mixed Race 399 1.12
Asian/Pacific 178 0.5
Black/African American 103 0.29
Native American/Alaskan 71 0.2
White (Caucasian) 34,339 96.43

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

Meaning of OCONNELL in historical publications

O'CONNELL. "From the district of Upper and Lower Comielloe, co. Limerick, the O'Conuells removed to Iveragh in the western extremity of Kerry, and remained there for a considerable period, until the rebellion of 1041 transplanted them to the co. of Clare." B.L.G. In 751, say the Four Masters, died Flan O'Connell, King of the Hy Falgians. In the X. century the deaths of two O'Connells, abbots of Devenish, are commemorated ; and it is singular that in that parish there are two townlands beariug the respective names of Bally-Connell and Glen-ti-Connell. At the memorable battle of Cloutarf, in 1014, the chief of the O'Connells was one of the leaders. D'Alton.

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 OCONNELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as OCONNELL.

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 OCONNELL

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