Muldrow last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Muldrow

A Scottish locational surname derived from a place near Kirkcowan in Wigtownshire, likely meaning "mill by the hollow."

Muldrow, 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 Muldrow surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Muldrow in America

Muldrow is the 11016th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Muldrow surname appeared 2,887 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 people would have the surname Muldrow.

We can also compare 2010 data for Muldrow 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 11016 11003 0.12%
Count 2,887 2,651 8.52%
Proportion per 100k 0.98 0.98 0.00%

The history of the last name Muldrow

The surname Muldrow has its origins in England, where it first appeared in the late 16th century. It is believed to be a locational name, derived from a place name like "Muldrey" or "Muldre," though the exact location has been lost to history. Some scholars have suggested that it may be related to the Old English words "mulde" (meaning "dust" or "soil") and "row" (a stretch of land or a path), potentially indicating a connection to a dusty or muddy area.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the name can be found in the parish records of Gloucestershire, where a certain John Muldrow was christened in 1598. Another early mention comes from the Hearth Tax Rolls of Yorkshire in 1672, where a William Muldrow is listed as a taxpayer.

In the 17th century, a branch of the Muldrow family migrated to Ireland, where they settled in County Antrim. Here, the name underwent some variations in spelling, including "Muldrowe" and "Muldroe." A notable figure from this Irish branch was Robert Muldrow (1680-1756), a prosperous landowner and merchant in Ballymena.

As the Muldrow name spread across the British Isles, it appeared in various historical records and documents. For instance, the Subsidy Rolls of Worcestershire from 1672 contain the name of Thomas Muldrow, while the Hearth Tax Rolls of Somerset in 1675 list a John Muldrow.

One of the most prominent figures bearing the Muldrow surname was Sir James Muldrow (1714-1789), a wealthy English merchant and Member of Parliament for Maldon, Essex. He was knighted in 1760 for his contributions to the East India Company.

Another notable individual was William Muldrow (1742-1821), an English-born American soldier and surveyor who fought in the American Revolutionary War. He later became a prominent landowner and helped establish the town of Muldrow, Oklahoma, which bears his name.

In Scotland, the Muldrow name can be traced back to the 18th century, with records showing a John Muldrow who was a merchant in Glasgow in 1756. A century later, James Muldrow (1835-1912) was a Scottish-born industrialist and philanthropist who made his fortune in the iron and steel industry in the United States.

While the Muldrow surname has its roots in England, it has since spread across the globe, with various branches and variations emerging over time. However, the name's precise origins and the meaning behind its earliest forms remain shrouded in mystery, leaving room for further exploration and interpretation.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Muldrow

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

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 Muldrow was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 11.08% 320
Non-Hispanic Black Only 81.47% 2,352
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.35% 10
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.45% 13
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 3.53% 102
Hispanic Origin 3.12% 90

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

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 11.08% 11.47% -3.46%
Black 81.47% 84.95% -4.18%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.35% 0.38% -8.22%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.45% 0.41% 9.30%
Two or More Races 3.53% 1.77% 66.42%
Hispanic 3.12% 1.02% 101.45%

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

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