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in the U.S.
since 1880
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An anglicised version of the Irish Ó h-Úigín (“descendant of a person named Viking”).

  1. An Irish surname​ from County Sligo.

Middle English patronymic surname derived from a diminutive of Hick ( Richard).

  1. An English surname​.

    Notable Persons Named Higgins

    Higgins was born on February 6th, 1982.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Higgins

    John Higgins is a snooker world champion. He was most active from 1992 to 1992. John was born on May 18th, 1975 in Wishaw. John is also known as The Wizard of Wishaw and The Toughest.


    Margaret Sanger was a social reformer, sex educator, writer, nurse, reform movement, and sex education. Margaret was given the name Margaret Louise Higgins on September 14th, 1879 in United States. She passed away on September 6th, 1966.


    Alex Higgins was a snooker world champion. He was most active from 1971 to 1997. Alex was born on March 18th, 1949 in Belfast. Alex is also known as Hurricane. He breathed his last breath on July 24th, 2010.


    John Michael Higgins is an actor and voice actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1985. John was born on February 12th, 1963 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.


    Michael D. Higgins is a 9th President of Ireland, Minister for Arts, Culture, the Gaeltacht, Teachta Dála, Senator, Department of Community, Equality, Gaeltacht Affairs, and Seanad Éireann. Michael was given the name Michael Daniel Higgins on April 18th, 1941 in Limerick, Ireland.


    Steve Higgins is a sketch comedy, observational comedy, political satire, and satire comedian. Steve was born on August 13th, 1963 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States.


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    Popularity of Higgins as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Higgins U.S.
      White 83.91% 64.26%
      African American 10.77% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.90% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.30% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Higgins

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Higgins

    • How Popular is the name Higgins? As a last name Higgins was the 400th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Higgins first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Higgins is Tuesday, January 1st, 1884.
    • How unique is the name Higgins? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Higgins. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Higgins: Your name in reverse order is Sniggih. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sggiihn. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Higgins? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 79,803 people with the last name Higgins.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Higgins? Higgins was ranked as the 400th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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