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The WEST surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 188,464 115 0.070 699
United States (1880 census) 46,185 89 0.092 924
Change since 1880 +142279 -26 -0.022 -225
Other Countries
Australia 9,111 127 0.056 557
United Kingdom 37,066 123 0.081 807
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.

Classification and Origin of WEST

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 735 0.39
White (Caucasian) 146,418 77.69
Black/African American 33,547 17.8
Mixed Race 3,091 1.64
White (Hispanic) 3,129 1.66
Native American/Alaskan 1,527 0.81

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

Meaning of WEST in historical publications

NORTH. SOUTH. EAST. WEST.

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 WEST

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as WEST.

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 WEST

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