Agbo last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Agbo

A surname of Igbo origin referring to a person who is victorious, often associated with strength and resilience.

Agbo, 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 Agbo surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Agbo in America

Agbo is the 76275th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Agbo surname appeared 252 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 Agbo.

We can also compare 2010 data for Agbo 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 76275 135837 -56.16%
Count 252 114 75.41%
Proportion per 100k 0.09 0.04 76.92%

The history of the last name Agbo

The surname "AGBO" is of Nigerian origin, specifically from the Igbo ethnic group in the southeastern part of the country. The name can be traced back to the late 15th century or early 16th century, during the height of the Igbo civilization.

The name "AGBO" is derived from the Igbo word "agbo," which means "wealth" or "prosperity." It is believed that the name was initially given to individuals or families who were considered wealthy or prosperous within their communities. In traditional Igbo society, wealth was often associated with an abundance of agricultural produce, livestock, or other valuable possessions.

One of the earliest recorded references to the surname "AGBO" can be found in the writings of Portuguese missionaries who visited the region in the late 15th century. These missionaries documented the names of local chiefs and prominent individuals they encountered during their travels.

In the 18th century, a notable figure named Agbo Okafor (1720-1785) was a respected leader and warrior in the Igbo town of Nri. He played a significant role in defending his community against rival clans and is remembered for his bravery and strategic prowess.

Another historical figure with the surname "AGBO" was Agbo Ekwueme (1845-1910), a renowned farmer and trader who contributed to the economic prosperity of his village. He was known for cultivating large swaths of land and trading agricultural goods with neighboring communities.

During the 19th century, the surname "AGBO" appeared in various records and documents related to the slave trade, as some individuals with this name were unfortunately captured and enslaved. One such person was Agbo Nwankwo (1830-1895), who was taken from his village and transported to the Americas, where he eventually gained his freedom and settled in the United States.

In more recent times, a notable figure with the surname "AGBO" was Dr. Agbo Folarin (1920-2005), a pioneering medical researcher and academic who made significant contributions to the field of tropical medicine. He was instrumental in developing treatments for malaria and other infectious diseases prevalent in West Africa.

Another individual of note was Agbo Chukwuma (1935-2018), a celebrated novelist and playwright whose works explored themes of cultural identity, tradition, and modernity within the Igbo society. His novels, such as "The Concubine" and "The Bride Price," gained critical acclaim and were widely read both in Nigeria and internationally.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Agbo

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

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 Agbo was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only (S)% (S)
Non-Hispanic Black Only 90.87% 229
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 4.37% 11
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% 0
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 3.17% 8
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 Agbo has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White (S)% (S)% (S)%
Black 90.87% 81.58% 10.77%
Asian and Pacific Islander 4.37% 7.89% -57.42%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
Two or More Races 3.17% 7.02% -75.56%
Hispanic (S)% (S)% (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 Agbo was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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