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The PHILLIPS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 351,848 47 0.130 1,304
United States (1880 census) 59,823 59 0.120 1,196
Change since 1880 +292025 +12 +0.01 +108
Other Countries
Australia 17,477 51 0.107 1,069
United Kingdom 78,004 45 0.170 1,698
Top States for PHILLIPS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 26,773 63 0.128 1,284
California 23,589 90 0.070 696
Florida 20,767 53 0.130 1,299
Ohio 17,696 33 0.156 1,559
North Carolina 16,672 30 0.207 2,071
Top States for PHILLIPS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alabama 13,446 25 0.302 3,024
Tennessee 15,998 22 0.281 2,812
Arkansas 6,435 26 0.241 2,407
South Carolina 8,743 41 0.218 2,179
North Carolina 16,672 30 0.207 2,071


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

Classification and Origin of PHILLIPS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 277,784 78.95
Black/African American 57,562 16.36
Mixed Race 5,911 1.68
White (Hispanic) 5,559 1.58
Native American/Alaskan 3,483 0.99
Asian/Pacific 1,583 0.45

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

Meaning of PHILLIPS in historical publications

PHILLIPS. See Philip. More than 200 traders of this name are found in the Lond. Direct.

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 PHILLIPS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PHILLIPS.

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 PHILLIPS

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