Lockett last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Lockett

Derived from a place name meaning "enclosure with a lockable gate" in Old English.

Lockett, 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 Lockett surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Lockett in America

Lockett is the 2555th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Lockett surname appeared 14,140 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 people would have the surname Lockett.

We can also compare 2010 data for Lockett 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 2555 2571 -0.62%
Count 14,140 12,943 8.84%
Proportion per 100k 4.79 4.80 -0.21%

The history of the last name Lockett

The surname Lockett is of English origin, derived from the occupational name for a locksmith or maker of locks. It dates back to the late 12th century and is derived from the Old English words "loc" meaning lock, and "kett" meaning maker or worker.

The name is first recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Worcestershire in 1182, where a William Lockett is mentioned. This is one of the earliest known references to the name in historical records. The name is also found in the Domesday Book of 1086, listed under various spellings such as Lochet and Lochett.

In the 13th century, the name is recorded in various forms, including Loket, Lokette, and Lokette. These variations likely reflect the regional dialects and spelling conventions of the time. The name Lockett appears to have been most prevalent in the counties of Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, and Oxfordshire, where locksmiths and metalworkers were in demand.

One notable bearer of the name was Sir John Lockett (c.1520-1592), an English merchant and Member of Parliament for the City of London. He was a prominent figure in the Elizabethan era and played a role in the establishment of the Levant Company, which traded with the Ottoman Empire.

Another significant figure was Reverend Samuel Lockett (1610-1655), an English clergyman and author who wrote several religious works, including "The Christian Souldier" and "A Treatise of Conversion".

In the 18th century, the name Lockett was associated with the industrial revolution and the growth of metalworking and engineering in England. William Lockett (1745-1818) was a renowned engineer and inventor, known for his improvements to the spinning jenny and other textile machinery.

In the United States, one of the earliest recorded bearers of the name was John Lockett (1725-1790), who emigrated from England to Virginia in the mid-18th century. His descendants played a significant role in the early history of the American South.

Throughout its history, the surname Lockett has been associated with various occupations and professions, particularly those related to metalworking, engineering, and manufacturing. It is a name with a rich heritage and a strong connection to the skilled trades that shaped the industrial development of England and beyond.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Lockett

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

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 Lockett was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 22.12% 3,128
Non-Hispanic Black Only 71.39% 10,095
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.44% 62
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.32% 45
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 3.33% 471
Hispanic Origin 2.40% 339

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 22.12% 23.16% -4.59%
Black 71.39% 72.98% -2.20%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.44% 0.28% 44.44%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.32% 0.30% 6.45%
Two or More Races 3.33% 1.94% 52.75%
Hispanic 2.40% 1.34% 56.68%

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

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