Thompson Surname Popularity in the United States

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

Thompson, 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 Thompson surname is from the 2010 census data.

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

According to the data, Thompson is ranked #23 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Thompson surname appeared 664,644 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 225.32 would have the surname Thompson.

We can also compare 2010 data for Thompson 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 23 19 19.05%
Count 664,644 644,368 3.10%
Proportion per 100k 225.32 238.87 -5.84%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Thompson

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

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 Thompson was:

  • 69.78%, or 463,789 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 23.57%, or 156,657 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 0.57%, or 3,788 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 1.22%, or 8,109 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 2.37%, or 15,752 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 2.49%, or 16,550 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 Thompson has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 69.78% 72.48% -3.80%
Black 23.57% 22.53% 4.51%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.57% 0.44% 25.74%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 1.22% 1.15% 5.91%
Two or More Races 2.37% 1.78% 28.43%
Hispanic 2.49% 1.62% 42.34%

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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