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The ROBERT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 12,129 2730 0.004 45
United States (1880 census) 3,524 1736 0.007 70
Change since 1880 +8605 -994 -0.003 -25
Other Countries
Australia 263 5873 0.002 16
United Kingdom 0 0
Top States for ROBERT by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 1,148 399 0.026 257
California 1,011 2363 0.003 30
New York 978 1400 0.005 52
Florida 901 1715 0.006 56
Texas 722 2436 0.003 35
Top States for ROBERT by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 1,148 399 0.026 257
Delaware 139 724 0.018 177
Rhode Island 169 609 0.016 161
Massachusetts 699 964 0.011 110
Vermont 61 1356 0.010 100


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

Classification and Origin of ROBERT

Region of origin: Europe

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Ethnic distribution of ROBERT in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 655 5.4
Mixed Race 247 2.04
Asian/Pacific 203 1.67
Native American/Alaskan 68 0.56
White (Caucasian) 9,009 74.28
Black/African American 1,945 16.04

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

Meaning of ROBERT in historical publications

AP ROBERT. (Welsh). The son of Robert. Hence Probert. The name sometimes took the form of Robin, and hence Ap Robyn, Probjn.

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 ROBERT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ROBERT.

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 ROBERT

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