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The POLLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,886 6415 0.002 18
United States (1880 census) 822 6412 0.002 16
Change since 1880 +4064 -3 0 +2
Other Countries
Australia 466 3423 0.003 29
United Kingdom 1,228 4425 0.003 27
Top States for POLLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 456 4964 0.002 22
California 376 7830 0.001 11
Kentucky 366 1684 0.009 91
Ohio 355 4255 0.003 31
Indiana 303 2779 0.005 50
Top States for POLLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 118 2088 0.009 93
Kentucky 366 1684 0.009 91
Indiana 303 2779 0.005 50
Alaska 28 3666 0.004 45
Oregon 123 3876 0.004 36


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

Classification and Origin of POLLEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 375 7.67
Mixed Race 68 1.39
White (Hispanic) 56 1.15
Asian/Pacific 22 0.45
Native American/Alaskan 6 0.12
White (Caucasian) 4,359 89.21

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

Meaning of POLLEY in historical publications

(origin: Local) From Poilley, in the province of Orleans, France, whence the family originally came.

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

POLLEY. A known variation of Polwhele, or Polhill, which see.

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 POLLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as POLLEY.

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 POLLEY

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