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The PARKER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 324,246 51 0.120 1,202
United States (1880 census) 81,095 38 0.162 1,622
Change since 1880 +243151 -13 -0.042 -420
Other Countries
Australia 16,443 62 0.101 1,006
United Kingdom 72,013 51 0.157 1,568
Top States for PARKER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 25,892 68 0.124 1,242
California 22,452 97 0.066 663
North Carolina 21,062 20 0.262 2,617
Florida 19,607 55 0.123 1,227
Georgia 15,344 38 0.187 1,874
Top States for PARKER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 13,703 22 0.308 3,081
Mississippi 8,532 23 0.300 2,999
North Carolina 21,062 20 0.262 2,617
Louisiana 9,090 40 0.203 2,034
South Carolina 8,054 47 0.201 2,007


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

Classification and Origin of PARKER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 231,803 71.49
Black/African American 78,111 24.09
Mixed Race 5,415 1.67
White (Hispanic) 4,734 1.46
Native American/Alaskan 2,756 0.85
Asian/Pacific 1,427 0.44

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

Meaning of PARKER in historical publications

PARKER. An officer who had the surYeillance of a park for some royal or noble personage. Collins traces the Earl of 3Iacclesfield's family to Thomas le Parker, temp, ■ Edward III. The extinct baronet family, Parker of Ratton, traced their pedigree to temp. Edward I. in Sussex. Le Pai'kere, Le Parker, Parcarius, &c., H.R.

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 PARKER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PARKER.

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 PARKER

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