Oliver Surname Popularity in the United States

In this article we'll look at the surname Oliver 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 Oliver.

Oliver, 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 Oliver surname is from the 2010 census data.

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

According to the data, Oliver is ranked #264 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Oliver surname appeared 115,900 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 39.29 would have the surname Oliver.

We can also compare 2010 data for Oliver 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 264 248 6.25%
Count 115,900 111,641 3.74%
Proportion per 100k 39.29 41.38 -5.18%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Oliver

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

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 Oliver was:

  • 64.19%, or 74,396 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 27.45%, or 31,815 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.68%, or 788 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.74%, or 858 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 2.43%, or 2,816 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 4.52%, or 5,239 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 Oliver has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 64.19% 66.74% -3.90%
Black 27.45% 26.81% 2.36%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.68% 0.54% 22.95%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.74% 0.72% 2.74%
Two or More Races 2.43% 1.85% 27.10%
Hispanic 4.52% 3.33% 30.32%

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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