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The SULLIVAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 215,640 92 0.080 799
United States (1880 census) 67,135 48 0.134 1,343
Change since 1880 +148505 -44 -0.054 -544
Other Countries
Australia 9,934 114 0.061 608
United Kingdom 19,318 288 0.042 421

'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.

Classification and Origin of SULLIVAN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 992 0.46
White (Caucasian) 192,890 89.45
Black/African American 14,620 6.78
White (Hispanic) 3,515 1.63
Mixed Race 2,501 1.16
Native American/Alaskan 1,121 0.52

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

Meaning of SULLIVAN in historical publications

SULLIVAN. By the hand of Sullivan, is an Iri h oath, which is considered

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

(origin: Celtic.) From suil, eye, and ban, fair--the fair-eyed.

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

Similar names to SULLIVAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as SULLIVAN.

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 SULLIVAN

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