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The RATLIFF surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 29,142 1099 0.011 108
United States (1880 census) 3,766 1628 0.008 75
Change since 1880 +25376 +529 +0.003 +33
Other Countries
Australia 43 28919 0.000 3
United Kingdom 82 24756 0.000 2
Top States for RATLIFF by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 3,068 166 0.076 759
Texas 2,765 984 0.013 133
Ohio 2,674 471 0.024 236
Virginia 1,841 486 0.026 260
Florida 1,362 1592 0.009 85
Top States for RATLIFF by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 3,068 166 0.076 759
West Virginia 844 313 0.047 467
Mississippi 1,180 383 0.041 415
Virginia 1,841 486 0.026 260
Ohio 2,674 471 0.024 236

Notes

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

Classification and Origin of RATLIFF

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 420 1.44
Mixed Race 414 1.42
Native American/Alaskan 172 0.59
Asian/Pacific 108 0.37
White (Caucasian) 23,488 80.6
Black/African American 4,543 15.59

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

Meaning of RATLIFF in historical publications

RATLIFF. A corruption of Ratcliffe.

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 RATLIFF

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as RATLIFF.

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 RATLIFF

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