Hutchison last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Hutchison

A patronymic surname derived from the given name Hugh, meaning "son of Hugh."

Hutchison, 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 Hutchison surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Hutchison in America

Hutchison is the 1436th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Hutchison surname appeared 24,820 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 8 people would have the surname Hutchison.

We can also compare 2010 data for Hutchison 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 1436 1389 3.33%
Count 24,820 23,391 5.93%
Proportion per 100k 8.41 8.67 -3.04%

The history of the last name Hutchison

The surname Hutchison is of Scottish origin and can be traced back to the 12th century. It is derived from the Old English word "hog" or "hoge," which means a hill or small elevation, and the suffix "ton," meaning a farmstead or settlement. Therefore, Hutchison likely referred to someone who resided near a small hill or mound.

The name was first recorded in the ancient Scottish counties of Ayrshire and Renfrewshire, where the earliest known bearers of the name lived. In the 13th century, a charter from Paisley Abbey mentions a "William de Hogiston," which is believed to be one of the earliest recorded instances of the name.

The Hutchison surname can be found in various historical records, including the Ragman Rolls of 1296, which documented the Scottish nobles who swore allegiance to King Edward I of England. One notable entry is that of "Robertus de Hogeston," a landholder from Renfrewshire.

In the 16th century, the name appeared in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, which recorded tax records and land transactions. One such entry from 1528 mentions a "John Hutchison" from Ayrshire.

Throughout history, there have been several notable individuals with the surname Hutchison. One of the earliest was Sir Thomas Hutchison (1589-1642), a Scottish landowner and member of the Scottish Parliament. Another was George Hutchison (1678-1737), a Scottish mathematician and astronomer who made significant contributions to the study of eclipses.

In the 19th century, Robert Hutchison (1782-1858) was a Scottish businessman and philanthropist who founded the Hutchison's Hospital in Paisley. Graham Hutchison (1835-1913) was a Scottish politician and writer who served as a Member of Parliament for Glasgow.

More recently, Sir Harry Hutchison (1915-2005) was a renowned Scottish surgeon and medical researcher, known for his contributions to the field of plastic surgery.

While the surname Hutchison has evolved over time, with various spellings such as Hutcheson, Hutchinson, and Huchison, it has maintained its Scottish roots and historical significance.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Hutchison

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

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 Hutchison was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 90.53% 22,470
Non-Hispanic Black Only 4.55% 1,129
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.47% 117
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.65% 161
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 1.82% 452
Hispanic Origin 1.98% 491

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 90.53% 91.96% -1.57%
Black 4.55% 4.59% -0.88%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.47% 0.28% 50.67%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.65% 0.57% 13.11%
Two or More Races 1.82% 1.34% 30.38%
Hispanic 1.98% 1.27% 43.69%

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

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