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The SLIGHT surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 441 45651 0.000 2
United States (1880 census) 225 17698 0.000 4
Change since 1880 +216 -27953 0 -2
Other Countries
Australia 53 24477 0.000 3
United Kingdom 545 8352 0.001 12
Top States for SLIGHT by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Iowa 72 7203 0.002 25
Texas 55 26924 0.000 3
California 52 45951 0.000 2
Ohio 26 47754 0.000 2
Nevada 22 11752 0.001 11
Top States for SLIGHT by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Iowa 72 7203 0.002 25
Nevada 22 11752 0.001 11
Wyoming 4 20284 0.001 8
Connecticut 21 25813 0.001 6
Montana 5 27933 0.001 6

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

Classification and Origin of SLIGHT

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 372 84.35
Black/African American 52 11.79
White (Hispanic) 12 2.72
Asian/Pacific Less than 100 Insignificant
Mixed Race Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

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

Meaning of SLIGHT in historical publications

SLIGHT. 1. Thin and tall; a personal quality. 2. Worthless; as " Pie's a slight lad that."- — Jamieson ; who derives it from slicht, Islandic, slaegd, fraus, dolus.

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 SLIGHT

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as SLIGHT.

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 SLIGHT

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