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The TURNER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 335,663 49 0.124 1,244
United States (1880 census) 79,768 40 0.160 1,595
Change since 1880 +255895 -9 -0.036 -351
Other Countries
Australia 22,095 34 0.135 1,352
United Kingdom 99,478 28 0.217 2,166

'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 TURNER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 223,787 66.67
Black/African American 98,383 29.31
Mixed Race 5,773 1.72
White (Hispanic) 4,699 1.4
Asian/Pacific 1,108 0.33
Native American/Alaskan 1,880 0.56

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

Meaning of TURNER in historical publications

TURNER. Fr. founiicr, a baker or luruace man. Fournier, Dufour, &c., are common Fr. surnames. TURNER. The occupation. One of the most common of surnames — " out of all proportion," Mr. Ferguson alleges, " to the number of persons engaged in the trade " of the lathe. " We find it in fact," he continues, " as a name before the Conquest — a grant to tlie monastery of Croylaud. in 1051, being signed, among others, by a Turnerns Capellanus. The Icelandic has turnera, turnameutum agere ; turnarl, a tilter — which may probably shew the origin of the name. As, however, the Turner in question was a bishoj's chaplain, his " tilting " must have been only theological. But the name may probably have been baptismal, and perhaps of Norman introduction." p. 336. Le Turnur, Le Turner. H.R. See Turnour below.

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 TURNER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as TURNER.

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Potential typos for TURNER

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