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The REYNOLDS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 195,598 106 0.073 725
United States (1880 census) 48,472 80 0.097 969
Change since 1880 +147126 -26 -0.024 -244
Other Countries
Australia 9,419 124 0.058 576
United Kingdom 39,126 114 0.085 852
Top States for REYNOLDS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 14,011 188 0.041 414
Texas 13,700 155 0.066 657
Florida 11,305 119 0.071 707
New York 9,416 110 0.050 496
Ohio 9,260 86 0.082 816
Top States for REYNOLDS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 5,829 53 0.144 1,442
Maine 1,807 76 0.142 1,417
Arkansas 3,559 61 0.133 1,331
Vermont 766 44 0.126 1,258
Alabama 5,173 99 0.116 1,163


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

Classification and Origin of REYNOLDS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 822 0.42
White (Caucasian) 162,894 83.28
Black/African American 24,450 12.5
Mixed Race 3,032 1.55
White (Hispanic) 3,227 1.65
Native American/Alaskan 1,193 0.61

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

Meaning of REYNOLDS in historical publications

REYNOLDS. From Rainhold, a Tentonic personal name of great antiquity. Several tenants in chief in Domesd. are called Raiuaklus.— Revnell, Reynard. Rev

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

(origin: Sax.) Sincere or pure love from, Rhein, pure, and hold, the old English for love. It also may signify strong or firm hold.

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

Similar names to REYNOLDS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as REYNOLDS.

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 REYNOLDS

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