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The TOMPSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,448 17823 0.001 5
United States (1880 census) 4,381 1426 0.009 88
Change since 1880 -2933 -16397 -0.008 -83
Other Countries
Australia 112 12893 0.001 7
United Kingdom 258 14060 0.001 6
Top States for TOMPSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 137 22274 0.001 7
California 96 48257 0.000 3
New York 89 43560 0.000 5
Florida 89 37482 0.001 6
Maine 89 4398 0.007 70
Top States for TOMPSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 89 4398 0.007 70
New Hampshire 53 6613 0.004 43
Louisiana 81 11558 0.002 18
Delaware 10 27953 0.001 13
Washington 71 21530 0.001 12


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

Classification and Origin of TOMPSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 929 64.16
Black/African American 415 28.66
Mixed Race 39 2.69
White (Hispanic) 38 2.62
Native American/Alaskan 15 1.04
Asian/Pacific 12 0.83

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

Meaning of TOMPSON in historical publications

TOMPSON. See Thomas.

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 TOMPSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as TOMPSON.

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 TOMPSON

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