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The TELFER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,387 18397 0.001 5
United States (1880 census) 340 12975 0.001 7
Change since 1880 +1047 -5422 0 -2
Other Countries
Australia 812 2001 0.005 50
United Kingdom 2,642 2344 0.006 58

'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 TELFER

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 TELFER 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 TELFER 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 TELFER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 124 8.94
Mixed Race 25 1.8
White (Hispanic) 24 1.73
White (Caucasian) 1,200 86.52
Asian/Pacific Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

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

Meaning of TELFER in historical publications

TELFER. Fr. tailh-fer. A name of great anticjuity. The exploits of the noble jouglere Taillefer at the liattle of Hastings are well-known. "William, Count of Augoulesme, in a battle against the Northmen, engaged their king Storis, and with one stroke of his sword Burimma, forged by the great Wayland Smith, cut in two his body and cuirass. Hence he acquired the

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 TELFER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as TELFER.

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 TELFER

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