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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Calhoun

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  1. An Irish surname, variant of the Scottish Colquhoun.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Calhoun

John C. Calhoun was a 7th Vice President of the United States, 16th United States Secretary of State, and 10th United States Secretary of War. John was born on March 18th, 1782 in Abbeville, South Carolina, U.S. He died on March 31st, 1850.


He was most active from 1941 to 1941. Rory was given the name Francis Timothy McCown on August 8th, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Rory is also known as Smoke. He died on April 28th, 1999.


Haystacks Calhoun was a wrestler. Haystacks was born on August 3rd, 1934 in McKinney, Texas. He died on December 7th, 1989.


John B. Calhoun was an ethology and ethologist. John was born on May 11th, 1917 in Elkton, Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on September 7th, 1995.


Jim Calhoun is a college coach. Jim was born on May 10th, 1942 in Braintree, Massachusetts.


WC is a hip hop music, west coast hip hop, gangsta rap, and g-funk musician. He was most active from 1987 to present. WC was given the name William Loshawn Calhoun, Jr. on February 3rd, 1970 in Houston, Texas, U.S.


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Popularity of Calhoun as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Calhoun U.S.
  White 61.69% 64.26%
  African American 32.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Calhoun

People with the last name Calhoun are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Calhoun

  • How Popular is the name Calhoun? Calhoun is the 25,731st most popular name of all time. As a last name Calhoun was the 803rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Calhoun have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 218 babies born with the first name Calhoun in the United States. That's more than enough people named Calhoun to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Calhoun? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Calhoun first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Calhoun is Thursday, December 19th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Calhoun born? The highest recorded use of the first name Calhoun was in 2015 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Calhoun: Your name in reverse order is Nuohlac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lhncoau. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Calhoun? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 43,180 people with the last name Calhoun.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Calhoun? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 15 of them will have Calhoun as their last name.

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