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The SANFORD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 35,565 888 0.013 132
United States (1880 census) 10,133 593 0.020 203
Change since 1880 +25432 -295 -0.007 -71
Other Countries
Australia 313 5004 0.002 19
United Kingdom 878 5843 0.002 19
Top States for SANFORD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 2,844 922 0.014 136
California 2,736 1197 0.008 81
Alabama 2,038 329 0.046 458
Georgia 1,911 552 0.023 233
Michigan 1,892 517 0.019 190
Top States for SANFORD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 1,418 292 0.050 498
Alabama 2,038 329 0.046 458
Alaska 170 398 0.027 271
Georgia 1,911 552 0.023 233
Tennessee 1,161 770 0.020 204

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

Classification and Origin of SANFORD

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 SANFORD 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 SANFORD 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 SANFORD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 569 1.6
White (Hispanic) 569 1.6
Native American/Alaskan 221 0.62
Asian/Pacific 146 0.41
White (Caucasian) 27,887 78.41
Black/African American 6,174 17.36

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

Meaning of SANFORD in historical publications

SANFORD. See Sandford.

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 SANFORD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as SANFORD.

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 SANFORD

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