Cotton Surname Popularity in the United States

In this article we'll look at the surname Cotton and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Cotton.

Cotton, like all of the 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 Cotton surname is from the 2010 census data.

Where Does Cotton Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Cotton is ranked #1,044 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Cotton surname appeared 33,374 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 11.31 would have the surname Cotton.

We can also compare 2010 data for Cotton 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 1044 1006 3.71%
Count 33,374 31,759 4.96%
Proportion per 100k 11.31 11.77 -3.99%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Cotton

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

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: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

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

  • 51.36%, or 17,141 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 42.34%, or 14,131 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.30%, or 100 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.90%, or 300 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 2.75%, or 918 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 2.35%, or 784 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 51.36% 53.59% -4.25%
Black 42.34% 41.92% 1.00%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.30% 0.29% 3.39%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.90% 0.77% 15.57%
Two or More Races 2.75% 1.90% 36.56%
Hispanic 2.35% 1.53% 42.27%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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