Ackles last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Ackles is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Ackles.

Meaning of Ackles

Derived from a place name meaning "oak-lea," referring to a meadow or clearing in an oak wood.

Ackles, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Ackles surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Ackles in America

Ackles is the 29740th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Ackles surname appeared 791 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 people would have the surname Ackles.

We can also compare 2010 data for Ackles to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 29740 31126 -4.55%
Count 791 705 11.50%
Proportion per 100k 0.27 0.26 3.77%

The history of the last name Ackles

The surname Ackles has its origins in England and can be traced back to the medieval period. It is believed to have derived from the Old English word "ac," meaning oak, and the suffix "-leah," referring to a clearing or meadow. Thus, the name likely originated in areas with significant oak forests or clearings surrounded by oaks.

One of the earliest recorded mentions of the name can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as "Acheleia" and "Aclei," referring to places in Shropshire and Staffordshire, respectively. These early spellings reflect the name's evolution from its Old English roots.

During the 13th century, the surname began appearing in various forms, such as Akeley, Ackley, and Ackly, across different regions of England. One notable bearer of the name was John de Ackley, born around 1260, who served as a member of Parliament for Somerset in 1306.

In the 16th century, the spelling "Ackles" became more prevalent, and the name was associated with several prominent individuals. One such person was Robert Ackles (1515-1578), a wealthy merchant and landowner from Northamptonshire. Another was William Ackles (1567-1631), a renowned scholar and author of theological works.

The 17th century saw the Ackles surname spread further across England, with bearers settling in various counties, including Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, and Devon. A notable figure from this period was Captain John Ackles (1620-1685), a naval officer who served in the Anglo-Dutch Wars.

As the name continued to evolve, it took on different spellings, including Ackles, Ackells, and Ackels. One prominent bearer of this variant was Sir Edward Ackels (1732-1810), a wealthy landowner and politician who served as a member of Parliament for Bedfordshire in the late 18th century.

Throughout its history, the Ackles surname has been associated with various notable individuals, such as John Ackles (1801-1876), a celebrated English artist known for his landscape paintings, and Sir Walter Ackles (1845-1922), a distinguished military officer who served in the British Army during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Ackles

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Ackles.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Ackles was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 58.41% 462
Non-Hispanic Black Only 33.63% 266
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 4.80% 38
Hispanic Origin 2.53% 20

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Ackles has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 58.41% 64.40% -9.75%
Black 33.63% 30.78% 8.85%
Asian and Pacific Islander (S)% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native (S)% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races 4.80% 2.98% 46.79%
Hispanic 2.53% 0.99% 87.50%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Ackles was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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