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The PATTERSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 198,557 104 0.074 736
United States (1880 census) 50,355 74 0.101 1,007
Change since 1880 +148202 -30 -0.027 -271
Other Countries
Australia 6,633 192 0.041 406
United Kingdom 20,340 271 0.044 443
Top States for PATTERSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 15,578 130 0.075 747
California 13,879 195 0.041 410
Florida 11,242 122 0.070 703
North Carolina 9,567 74 0.119 1,189
Ohio 9,510 82 0.084 838
Top States for PATTERSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 8,276 53 0.186 1,861
Tennessee 8,834 63 0.155 1,553
South Carolina 6,047 71 0.151 1,507
Mississippi 3,923 83 0.138 1,379
North Carolina 9,567 74 0.119 1,189


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

Classification and Origin of PATTERSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 735 0.37
White (Caucasian) 139,169 70.09
Black/African American 50,950 25.66
Mixed Race 3,316 1.67
White (Hispanic) 3,197 1.61
Native American/Alaskan 1,211 0.61

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

Meaning of PATTERSON in historical publications

PATTERSON. Patrick's son.

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 PATTERSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PATTERSON.

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 PATTERSON

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