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The OWENS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 176,334 126 0.065 654
United States (1880 census) 34,551 148 0.069 691
Change since 1880 +141783 +22 -0.004 -37
Other Countries
Australia 2,595 608 0.016 159
United Kingdom 14,453 410 0.031 315
Top States for OWENS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 13,707 163 0.066 657
California 10,478 294 0.031 309
Florida 10,385 147 0.065 650
South Carolina 9,317 39 0.232 2,322
North Carolina 8,845 85 0.110 1,099
Top States for OWENS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 9,317 39 0.232 2,322
Alabama 7,752 58 0.174 1,743
Tennessee 7,844 76 0.138 1,379
Arkansas 3,234 78 0.121 1,210
Kentucky 4,874 82 0.121 1,206


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

Classification and Origin of OWENS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 547 0.31
White (Caucasian) 120,066 68.09
Black/African American 49,127 27.86
Mixed Race 2,980 1.69
White (Hispanic) 2,381 1.35
Native American/Alaskan 1,252 0.71

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

Meaning of OWENS in historical publications

OWENS. From Owen.

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 OWENS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as OWENS.

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 OWENS

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