Diallo last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Diallo

A Fulani surname of West African origin, referring to a bold or brave person.

Diallo, 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 Diallo surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Diallo in America

Diallo is the 4730th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Diallo surname appeared 7,502 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 people would have the surname Diallo.

We can also compare 2010 data for Diallo 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 4730 10975 -79.53%
Count 7,502 2,661 95.27%
Proportion per 100k 2.54 0.99 87.82%

The history of the last name Diallo

The surname Diallo originates from the Fulani ethnic group in West Africa, particularly in the region spanning modern-day Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and the Gambia. It is believed to have emerged around the 13th century during the rise of the Mali Empire.

Diallo is derived from the Fulani word 'diallo', meaning 'bold' or 'brave'. It was initially used as a honorific title bestowed upon warriors and leaders who displayed exceptional courage and valor in battles or during times of conflict.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name Diallo can be found in the Timbuktu manuscripts, a collection of ancient African writings dating back to the 14th century. These manuscripts reference several individuals bearing the Diallo surname, including scholars, merchants, and military figures.

In the 16th century, a renowned Fulani scholar and diplomat named Mukhtar al-Kunti Diallo played a crucial role in spreading Islamic education across West Africa. He established several schools and educational institutions, contributing significantly to the region's intellectual and cultural development.

During the 17th century, Samori Toure Diallo, a Malinke warrior and military strategist, rose to prominence in what is now Guinea. He successfully resisted French colonial expansion and unified several ethnic groups under his rule, forming the Wassoulou Empire.

Another notable figure with the Diallo surname was Alboury Diallo, a Guinean writer and politician who lived from 1917 to 1995. He played a pivotal role in Guinea's independence movement and served as the country's first Minister of Culture after gaining independence from France in 1958.

In the 20th century, Abdoulaye Wade Diallo, a Senegalese politician and lawyer, became the third President of Senegal, serving from 2000 to 2012. He was a prominent figure in the country's struggle for democracy and was awarded the prestigious Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

The Diallo surname continues to be widely prevalent among the Fulani people and other ethnic groups in West Africa, with many individuals bearing this name contributing to various fields, including politics, academia, and the arts.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Diallo

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

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 Diallo was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 1.84% 138
Non-Hispanic Black Only 95.64% 7,175
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.12% 9
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.09% 7
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.55% 116
Hispanic Origin 0.76% 57

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 1.84% 1.35% 30.72%
Black 95.64% 90.53% 5.49%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.12% (S)% (S)%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.09% (S)% (S)%
Two or More Races 1.55% 6.95% -127.06%
Hispanic 0.76% 0.86% -12.35%

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

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