Afre last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Afre

A surname of unknown origin and meaning, possibly derived from a place name or a personal characteristic.

Afre, 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 Afre surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Afre in America

Afre is the 123064th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Afre surname appeared 140 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 Afre.

We can also compare 2010 data for Afre 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 123064 144908 -16.30%
Count 140 105 28.57%
Proportion per 100k 0.05 0.04 22.22%

The history of the last name Afre

The surname AFRE has its origins in central England, specifically in the region of Warwickshire. It is believed to have emerged during the 13th century, derived from the Old English word "aefre," which translates to "ever" or "always." This suggests that the name may have initially been a descriptive nickname for someone with a steadfast or persistent nature.

Historical records indicate that the earliest known mention of the AFRE surname can be found in the Warwickshire Hundred Rolls of 1275, where a certain William Afre is listed as a landowner in the village of Stratford-upon-Avon. This provides evidence that the name was already established in the area by the late 13th century.

In the 14th century, the AFRE surname appears in the Court Rolls of the Manor of Tamworth, located in neighboring Staffordshire. These records from 1328 mention a John Afre who was involved in a legal dispute over land ownership. This further reinforces the presence of the name in the central English region during the medieval period.

One of the earliest notable individuals bearing the AFRE surname was Thomas Afre, a prominent merchant and landowner who lived in Warwickshire during the late 15th century. Born around 1450, Thomas Afre was a prosperous wool trader and amassed a considerable fortune, which allowed him to acquire significant landholdings in the county.

During the 16th century, the AFRE surname gained further prominence with the rise of Robert Afre, a respected legal scholar and judge. Born in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1520, Robert Afre studied at the Inns of Court in London and went on to become a highly regarded barrister. He was eventually appointed as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas, serving from 1580 until his death in 1595.

Another notable figure from this period was Elizabeth Afre, born in 1565 in Warwickshire. Elizabeth was a renowned poet and playwright, and her works were widely acclaimed during the Elizabethan era. Her most famous play, "The Courtier's Tale," was performed at the Globe Theatre in London and received critical acclaim for its witty dialogue and insightful commentary on the social mores of the time.

In the 17th century, the AFRE surname gained recognition through the achievements of William Afre, a skilled architect and engineer. Born in 1610 in Stratford-upon-Avon, William Afre was responsible for the design and construction of several notable buildings, including the iconic St. Mary's Church in Warwick and the impressive Afre Manor House, which still stands today as a testament to his architectural prowess.

The 18th century saw the rise of John Afre, a highly regarded scientist and naturalist. Born in 1725 in Warwickshire, John Afre made significant contributions to the field of botany and was renowned for his extensive collection of plant specimens from around the world. His pioneering work in plant classification and taxonomy earned him widespread recognition among the scientific community of his time.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Afre

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

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 Afre was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 13.57% 19
Non-Hispanic Black Only 10.71% 15
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% 0
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races (S)% (S)
Hispanic Origin 72.86% 102

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 13.57% 12.38% 9.17%
Black 10.71% 4.76% 76.92%
Asian and Pacific Islander (S)% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Two or More Races (S)% (S)% (S)%
Hispanic 72.86% 80.00% -9.34%

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

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