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The PEPPER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 11,274 2931 0.004 42
United States (1880 census) 3,327 1843 0.007 67
Change since 1880 +7947 -1088 -0.003 -25
Other Countries
Australia 1,212 1366 0.007 74
United Kingdom 5,580 1117 0.012 121
Top States for PEPPER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 865 3452 0.003 26
Texas 796 2858 0.004 38
Florida 633 3210 0.004 40
New York 625 3040 0.003 33
Pennsylvania 601 2488 0.005 49
Top States for PEPPER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 194 668 0.025 248
Mississippi 433 1011 0.015 152
South Dakota 62 1761 0.008 82
Alabama 363 1876 0.008 82
Louisiana 328 1884 0.007 73


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

Classification and Origin of PEPPER

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 PEPPER 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 PEPPER 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 PEPPER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 620 5.5
White (Hispanic) 179 1.59
Mixed Race 138 1.22
Native American/Alaskan 77 0.68
Asian/Pacific 57 0.51
White (Caucasian) 10,204 90.51

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

Meaning of PEPPER in historical publications

PEPPER. Said to be a corruption of the Norman Pipard. which family gave name to Rotherfield Pipard, Clyve Pipard, and other manors in the west of England. Peper, Pepyr. 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 PEPPER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PEPPER.

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 PEPPER

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