Frequency of Names
in America's 1990 Census

The Census Bureau receives numerous requests to supply information on name frequency. In an effort to comply with those requests, the Census Bureau has embarked on a names list project involving a tabulation of names from the 1990 Census.

     Variables in Names Files:
        name
        freq = Frequency in percent  
        cum.freq = Cumulative Frequency in percent
        rank

In the file (dist.all.last) one entry appears as:

        MOORE       0.312       5.312       9
In our Search Area sample, MOORE ranks 9th in terms of frequency. 5.312 percent of the sample population is covered by MOORE and the 8 names occurring more frequently than MOORE. The surname, MOORE, is possessed by 0.312 percent of our population sample.

Top Ten Surnames in America 1990

               name           freq   cum.freq  rank

               SMITH          1.006  1.006      1
               JOHNSON        0.810  1.816      2
               WILLIAMS       0.699  2.515      3
               JONES          0.621  3.136      4
               BROWN          0.621  3.757      5
               DAVIS          0.480  4.237      6
               MILLER         0.424  4.660      7
               WILSON         0.339  5.000      8
               MOORE          0.312  5.312      9
               TAYLOR         0.311  5.623     10

Top 10 Female First Names - America 1990

               name           freq   cum.freq  rank

               MARY           2.629  2.629      1
               PATRICIA       1.073  3.702      2
               LINDA          1.035  4.736      3
               BARBARA        0.980  5.716      4
               ELIZABETH      0.937  6.653      5
               JENNIFER       0.932  7.586      6
               MARIA          0.828  8.414      7
               SUSAN          0.794  9.209      8
               MARGARET       0.768  9.976      9
               DOROTHY        0.727 10.703     10

Top 10 Male First Names - America 1990

              name           freq   cum.freq  rank

              JAMES          3.318  3.318      1
              JOHN           3.271  6.589      2
              ROBERT         3.143  9.732      3
              MICHAEL        2.629 12.361      4
              WILLIAM        2.451 14.812      5
              DAVID          2.363 17.176      6
              RICHARD        1.703 18.878      7
              CHARLES        1.523 20.401      8
              JOSEPH         1.404 21.805      9
              THOMAS         1.380 23.185     10

Some Surnames From Slovakia - America 1990

              name           freq   cum.freq  rank

              GABOR          0.001 76.923     17768
              SANDOR         0.000 78.033     19988
              CEBULA         0.000 79.078     22386
              GALAYDA        0.000 85.488     47366
              STANISLAW      0.000 88.330     67580

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