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The POLK surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 25,438 1270 0.009 94
United States (1880 census) 5,683 1074 0.011 114
Change since 1880 +19755 -196 -0.002 -20
Other Countries
Australia 6 128254 0.000 0
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for POLK by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 3,843 710 0.018 184
Florida 1,658 1348 0.010 104
California 1,620 2114 0.005 48
Louisiana 1,485 447 0.033 332
Mississippi 1,473 302 0.052 518
Top States for POLK by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 1,473 302 0.052 518
Louisiana 1,485 447 0.033 332
Tennessee 1,321 727 0.023 232
Arkansas 597 627 0.022 223
Texas 3,843 710 0.018 184


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

Classification and Origin of POLK

Region of origin: Europe

Country of origin: Germany

Language of origin: German

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the POLK 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.

Ethnic distribution of POLK in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 435 1.71
White (Hispanic) 361 1.42
Native American/Alaskan 280 1.1
Asian/Pacific 120 0.47
Black/African American 12,088 47.52
White (Caucasian) 12,157 47.79

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

Meaning of POLK in historical publications

POLK. 1. A contraction of Pollock, and sometimes of Pocock. 2. A iool. Halliw.

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 POLK

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as POLK.

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 POLK

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