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The PARSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 12,565 2644 0.005 47
United States (1880 census) 3,323 1847 0.007 66
Change since 1880 +9242 -797 -0.002 -19
Other Countries
Australia 44 28091 0.000 3
United Kingdom 585 7952 0.001 13
Top States for PARSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 900 2620 0.004 43
Pennsylvania 829 1830 0.007 68
Georgia 716 1518 0.009 87
North Carolina 618 1949 0.008 77
Tennessee 615 1456 0.011 108
Top States for PARSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 99 1462 0.013 126
Arkansas 313 1171 0.012 117
Tennessee 615 1456 0.011 108
Georgia 716 1518 0.009 87
Missouri 477 1547 0.009 85


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

Classification and Origin of PARSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Status Name

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 313 2.49
Mixed Race 240 1.91
Native American/Alaskan 70 0.56
Asian/Pacific 69 0.55
White (Caucasian) 7,935 63.15
Black/African American 3,938 31.34

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

Meaning of PARSON in historical publications

We suppose that its first founder was a clerical character or parson. From the Latin Persona, that is, the person who takes care of the souls of his parishioners.

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

PARSON. PARSONS. \Iay refer to tlie sacred office, in which case, see Ecclesiastical SuRXAJiES. More probably, however, it is the same as Pearson, Pierson — the son of Peter.

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 PARSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PARSON.

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 PARSON

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