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The PELL surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,329 7116 0.002 16
United States (1880 census) 1,097 5063 0.002 22
Change since 1880 +3232 -2053 0 -6
Other Countries
Australia 501 3214 0.003 31
United Kingdom 2,278 2644 0.005 50
Top States for PELL by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Michigan 421 2573 0.004 42
Florida 344 5446 0.002 22
California 319 7985 0.001 9
North Carolina 252 3699 0.003 31
Texas 242 7349 0.001 12
Top States for PELL by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 88 2467 0.005 49
Vermont 29 3219 0.005 48
Michigan 421 2573 0.004 42
Tennessee 189 3681 0.003 33
North Carolina 252 3699 0.003 31


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

Classification and Origin of PELL

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 104 2.4
Black/African American 88 2.03
Mixed Race 44 1.02
Asian/Pacific 31 0.72
Native American/Alaskan 16 0.37
White (Caucasian) 4,046 93.46

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

Meaning of PELL in historical publications

according to Bailey, is a house; in the Welsh it signifies, far off, at a distance.

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

PELL. A deep standing water, apparently another form of Pool.

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 PELL

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PELL.

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 PELL

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