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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Okoye mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Okoye

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  • A submission from Texas, United States says the name Okoye means "Strength" and is of Native American origin.
  • A submission from Illinois, United States says the name Okoye means "Protector" and is of African origin.
  • A submission from Nigeria says the name Okoye means "Okoye is an igbo name usually given to a male child born on orie /oye market day...just like we name people after week days e.g Monday, Friday, Sunday e.t.c okoye is originated from South east Nigeria and today it's commonly used as surnames." and is of Nigerian origin.

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International Interest

Notable Persons With the Last Name Okoye

Christian Okoye is a football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. Christian was born on August 16th, 1961 in Enugu.


He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Amobi was born on June 10th, 1987 in Anambra, Nigeria.


Lawrence Okoye is a football player. Lawrence was born on October 6th, 1991 in Croydon.


Stan Okoye is a basketball player for the Pallacanestro Trapani, Barak Netanya, Perth Redbacks, Pallacanestro Varese, and Bawer Matera in the Serie A2 Basket. His most notable accomplishments were from 2013 to present. Stan was born on April 10th, 1991 in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Oge was born in London.


Ifeoma was born in 1937 in Anambra.


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International Interest for Okoye

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Okoye as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Okoye U.S.
  White 1.43% 64.26%
  African American 95.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.33% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Okoye

People with the last name Okoye are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Okoye

  • How Popular is the name Okoye? Okoye is the 46,963rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Okoye was the 22,924th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Okoye have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 51 babies born with the first name Okoye in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Okoye? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Okoye born? The highest recorded use of the first name Okoye was in 1991 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Okoye: Your name in reverse order is Eyoko. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oekoy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Okoye? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,116 people with the last name Okoye.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Okoye? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Okoye as their last name since less than 1 person in 263k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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