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The YOUNG surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 465,948 31 0.173 1,727
United States (1880 census) 116,608 24 0.233 2,332
Change since 1880 +349340 -7 -0.06 -605
Other Countries
Australia 23,178 28 0.142 1,418
United Kingdom 83,177 40 0.181 1,811

'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 YOUNG

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 321,085 68.91
Black/African American 110,849 23.79
Asian/Pacific 13,745 2.95
Mixed Race 8,993 1.93
White (Hispanic) 7,875 1.69
Native American/Alaskan 3,401 0.73

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

Meaning of YOUNG in historical publications

YOUNG. This very well-known surname appears to be of common origin with the classical Neander, Juvenal, &c., and to refer to the youth of the first bearer, at the time Avhen it was adopted or imposed. The H.R. forms are Juvenis and Le Juvene, and Le Jeune was one of the most common of Fr. family names. Verstegan says : " YONG, of his fewness of years." H.R. Le Yonge, Le Yuuge.

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 YOUNG

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as YOUNG.

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 YOUNG

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