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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Pinkerton

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  1. A Scottish and Northern Irish habitational surname​ for someone from a place of that name near Dunbar.
  2. (dated, countable) An operative employed by the Pinkerton National Detective Agency founded by Allan Pinkerton (1819-1884).

Notable Persons Named Pinkerton

His military service ended in 1864. Pinkerton was born in 1841 in Pennsylvania. He left this life on August 22nd, 1866.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton was a cooper (profession), abolitionism, detective, espionage, cooper, abolitionist, and spymaster. Allan was given the name Allan J. Pinkerton on August 25th, 1819 in Glasgow. He breathed his last breath on July 1st, 1884.


James P. Pinkerton is a journalist, author, and pundit. James was born on March 11th, 1958.



Jay Pinkerton is a satire, list of humorists, webmaster, and managing editor. Jay was born on June 15th, 1977.


Nancy was given the name Nancy Pinkerton on May 7th, 1940 in Omaha, Nebraska. She passed away on March 4th, 2010.


Robert was born in 1780. He breathed his last breath in 1859.


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Popularity of Pinkerton as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pinkerton U.S.
  White 90.99% 64.26%
  African American 3.39% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.96% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pinkerton

People with the last name Pinkerton are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Pinkerton

  • How Popular is the name Pinkerton? As a last name Pinkerton was the 4,195th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Pinkerton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Pinkerton is Friday, August 28th, 1885.
  • How unique is the name Pinkerton? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Pinkerton. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Pinkerton: Your name in reverse order is Notreknip. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Npkinetro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pinkerton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,446 people with the last name Pinkerton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pinkerton? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Pinkerton as their last name.

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