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The PERKINS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 126,951 212 0.047 471
United States (1880 census) 36,432 137 0.073 729
Change since 1880 +90519 -75 -0.026 -258
Other Countries
Australia 4,199 351 0.026 257
United Kingdom 16,423 347 0.036 358
Top States for PERKINS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 10,772 217 0.052 517
California 8,250 395 0.024 244
Florida 6,659 269 0.042 417
Ohio 6,022 178 0.053 530
Kentucky 5,165 71 0.128 1,278
Top States for PERKINS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 2,134 51 0.167 1,674
Kentucky 5,165 71 0.128 1,278
Vermont 709 55 0.116 1,165
New Hampshire 1,413 56 0.114 1,143
Louisiana 4,697 100 0.105 1,051


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

Classification and Origin of PERKINS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 901 0.71
Asian/Pacific 546 0.43
White (Caucasian) 90,795 71.52
Black/African American 30,405 23.95
Mixed Race 2,234 1.76
White (Hispanic) 2,069 1.63

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

Meaning of PERKINS in historical publications

From Peir or Peter, and the patronymic or diminutive termination ins,--little Peter, or the son of Peter.

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


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 PERKINS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PERKINS.

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 PERKINS

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