Afonin last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Afonin

Derived from the Russian personal name Afonya, a diminutive form of Afonasiy, meaning "immortal" or "without death."

Afonin, 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 Afonin surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Afonin in America

Afonin is the 130610th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Afonin surname appeared 130 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 Afonin.

We can also compare 2010 data for Afonin 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 130610 131366 -0.58%
Count 130 119 8.84%
Proportion per 100k 0.04 0.04 0.00%

The history of the last name Afonin

The surname Afonin has its origins in Russia, dating back to the 16th century. It derives from the Greek name Aphonios, which means "voiceless" or "silent." This name was likely given to someone who was known for being quiet or taciturn.

The earliest recorded instances of the name Afonin can be found in various Russian historical documents, including church records and census data from the 16th and 17th centuries. One notable example is Afanasy Afonin, a merchant from the city of Yaroslavl who lived in the late 16th century and was known for his successful trading ventures.

In the 18th century, the name Afonin became more prominent, particularly in the central regions of Russia. One notable bearer of the name during this time was Ivan Afonin (1701-1776), a Russian military officer who served under Peter the Great and participated in the Great Northern War against Sweden.

Another noteworthy individual with the surname Afonin was Mikhail Afonin (1822-1893), a Russian writer and journalist who was known for his satirical works and critiques of the Russian society of his time.

In the 19th century, the name Afonin spread to other parts of the Russian Empire, including present-day Ukraine and Belarus. One notable figure from this period was Pyotr Afonin (1848-1922), a Russian Orthodox priest and theologian who served as the Bishop of Smolensk and later as the Archbishop of Kharkov.

The name Afonin has also been associated with various place names in Russia, such as the village of Afonino in the Tver region, which likely derived its name from an early settler with the surname Afonin.

Throughout history, the surname Afonin has been borne by numerous individuals, including writers, artists, scientists, and military figures, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and achievements of those who carried this name.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Afonin

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

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 Afonin was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 96.92% 126
Non-Hispanic Black Only 0.00% 0
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.00% 0
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% 0
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races (S)% (S)
Hispanic Origin (S)% (S)

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 Afonin has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 96.92% 85.71% 12.28%
Black 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.00% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races (S)% 8.40% (S)%
Hispanic (S)% 4.20% (S)%

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 Afonin was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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