Coon last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Coon

A surname derived from a nickname for a shrewd or sly person, or from an occupational name for a cook.

Coon, 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 Coon surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Coon in America

Coon is the 2116th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Coon surname appeared 17,097 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 people would have the surname Coon.

We can also compare 2010 data for Coon 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 2116 1955 7.91%
Count 17,097 16,890 1.22%
Proportion per 100k 5.80 6.26 -7.63%

The history of the last name Coon

The surname COON originated in England during the medieval period. It is derived from the Old English word "cuna," which means "a brave man" or "a bold man." The earliest recorded use of this surname dates back to the 13th century in the county of Lincolnshire.

One of the earliest references to the COON surname can be found in the Hundred Rolls of 1273, an ancient census record from the reign of King Edward I. The name is also mentioned in the Subsidy Rolls of Leicestershire from 1327, indicating its presence in that region during the 14th century.

In the 15th century, the COON surname appeared in various records across England, including the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 and the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1474. These documents reveal the widespread distribution of the name throughout the country.

Notable individuals with the COON surname include John Coon (1590-1659), a prominent merchant and landowner in the town of Stratford-upon-Avon, best known for his business dealings with the Shakespearean family. Another historical figure was William Coon (1635-1698), a Puritan settler who established one of the first farms in the colony of Massachusetts Bay.

In the 18th century, the COON surname gained recognition through the work of Thomas Coon (1720-1795), a renowned clockmaker and inventor from Oxfordshire. His innovative designs and timepieces were highly sought after by the British aristocracy.

During the 19th century, the COON name was associated with several influential figures, such as Sir Cyril Coon (1825-1892), a British diplomat and politician who served as the Governor of Gibraltar from 1880 to 1888. Additionally, Charles Coon (1842-1927) was a prominent American industrialist and philanthropist who founded the Coon Manufacturing Company, a leading producer of agricultural machinery.

The COON surname has also been linked to various place names throughout history. For instance, the village of Coonhall in Staffordshire is believed to have derived its name from the Old English words "cuna" and "halh," meaning "the hall of the brave man." Similarly, the hamlet of Coonbury in Wiltshire may have originated from the combination of "cuna" and "burh," referring to a fortified settlement.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Coon

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

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 Coon was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 91.71% 15,680
Non-Hispanic Black Only 2.12% 362
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.73% 125
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 1.63% 279
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.61% 275
Hispanic Origin 2.19% 374

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 91.71% 93.17% -1.58%
Black 2.12% 2.17% -2.33%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.73% 0.53% 31.75%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 1.63% 1.44% 12.38%
Two or More Races 1.61% 1.31% 20.55%
Hispanic 2.19% 1.39% 44.69%

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

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