How many Wheatons are we talking about?

Jean and I have been working on data on the first 6 generations of Robert Wheaton descendants and all the 1790 Census data and that got me thinking (always dangerous). A very interesting book by Debbie Kennett published last year called “The Surnames Handbook” led me to a website for surname research thought you might like this. Similar searches can be done for all spelling variations and other names you are interested in so check it out. Unfortunately it doesn’t have Canadian data. So with Canada included we are likely over 10,000 strong!

http://www.americansurnames.us

http://britishsurnames.co.uk

Surname Summary Data for WHEATON

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
Great Britain
United Kingdom (current) 770 6440 0.002 17
United Kingdom (1881 census) 616 5774 0.002 21
Change since 1881 +154 -666 0 -4
Other Countries
United States 8662 3758 0.003 32
Australia 404 3908 0.002 25
Notes

  • Total is the total number of people with that surname.
  • Rank is the position in the list of names ordered by total (eg, a rank of 1 means that it’s the most common name, and a rank of 10 means it’s the tenth most common, etc).
  • Frequency is the percentage of people with that surname.
  • Per million people is the number of people with that surname per million of the population.

All of these are approximate figures, and the current figures especially so. The 1881 census figures are correct for what was recorded on the census, but we don’t really know how accurate it was. At least, though the 1881 figures won’t change, as it’s a snapshot of a point in time. The current figures, by contrast, are variable according to births, deaths, migration and marriages, so the values shown here are only a best approximation to whatever was the case when the underlying data was collated and will not be the same as whatever the values are right now.

American Surname Summary Data for WHEATON

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 8,662 3758 0.003 32
United States (1880 census) 2,686 2271 0.005 54
Change since 1880 +5976 -1487 -0.002 -22

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