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The WILLIAMS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,534,042 3 0.569 5,687
United States (1880 census) 324,879 4 0.650 6,498
Change since 1880 +1209163 +1 -0.081 -811
Other Countries
Australia 55,555 3 0.340 3,398
United Kingdom 270,138 3 0.588 5,882

'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 WILLIAMS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 744,317 48.52
Black/African American 716,704 46.72
Mixed Race 30,834 2.01
White (Hispanic) 24,545 1.6
Native American/Alaskan 11,966 0.78
Asian/Pacific 5,676 0.37

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

Meaning of WILLIAMS in historical publications

WILLIAMS. See William. Owing to the numerousness of this name in the Principality, it stands third in the list of common surnames in England and AA''ales. Within a limited period the entries of births, deaths, and marriages, in the books of the Registrar- General were, for Smith, 33,557; for Jones, 33,341: and for Williams, 21,936.

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 WILLIAMS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as WILLIAMS.

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 WILLIAMS

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