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The PRESTON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 45,850 681 0.017 170
United States (1880 census) 13,895 418 0.028 278
Change since 1880 +31955 -263 -0.011 -108
Other Countries
Australia 3,422 437 0.021 209
United Kingdom 18,421 299 0.040 401
Top States for PRESTON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 3,537 736 0.017 170
California 3,511 930 0.010 104
Florida 3,095 640 0.019 194
Ohio 2,795 429 0.025 246
New York 2,362 734 0.012 124
Top States for PRESTON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 1,714 339 0.042 424
Vermont 198 471 0.033 325
Maine 367 708 0.029 288
New Hampshire 324 576 0.026 262
Ohio 2,795 429 0.025 246


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

Classification and Origin of PRESTON

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 PRESTON 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 PRESTON 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 PRESTON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 802 1.75
Mixed Race 743 1.62
Native American/Alaskan 454 0.99
Asian/Pacific 206 0.45
White (Caucasian) 34,498 75.24
Black/African American 9,147 19.95

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

Meaning of PRESTON in historical publications

(origin: Local) A town in Lancashire, England. The town in the coppice, or the bushy hill, from Prys and ton; also, Preston, the town where brass is found or manufactured, from Pres, brass, Welsh.

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

PRESTON. Besides the great Lancashire town, thirty-five parishes andjlaces are named in the Gazetteer, and there are many others in various counties. The origin of the name, fvom jjreostes-tt'ni, 'the priest's enclosure or homestead' is undoubted. The Prestons of Furness were traced to Richard de Preston, of Preston, co. Westmoreland, temp. Henry II.

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 PRESTON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PRESTON.

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 PRESTON

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