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The PETERS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 134,231 190 0.050 498
United States (1880 census) 27,315 188 0.055 546
Change since 1880 +106916 -2 -0.005 -48
Other Countries
Australia 7,291 175 0.045 446
United Kingdom 17,487 321 0.038 381
Top States for PETERS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 10,395 277 0.031 307
Pennsylvania 8,335 83 0.068 679
Florida 7,696 213 0.048 482
New York 7,404 160 0.039 390
Ohio 7,158 121 0.063 630
Top States for PETERS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Nebraska 1,786 40 0.104 1,044
Wisconsin 5,232 49 0.098 975
Iowa 2,847 56 0.097 973
South Dakota 664 50 0.088 880
Alaska 499 92 0.080 796


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

Classification and Origin of PETERS

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 PETERS 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 PETERS 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 PETERS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 114,311 85.16
Black/African American 12,685 9.45
Mixed Race 2,067 1.54
White (Hispanic) 2,322 1.73
Asian/Pacific 1,047 0.78
Native American/Alaskan 1,799 1.34

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

Meaning of PETERS in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of PETERS.

Similar names to PETERS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PETERS.

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 PETERS

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