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  1. United States industrialist who made a fortune in the oil business and gave half of it away (1839-1937)

From the German place name Rockenfeld.

  1. An American surname​.
  2. American capitalist. Founder, leader, and owner of Standard Oil Company.

From John D. Rockefeller, the American industrialist who founded Standard Oil, also recognized for his 20th century philanthropy.

  1. A very rich person.

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Rockefeller

    David Rockefeller is a banker and statesman. His ongoing career started in 1940. David was born as the child of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller on June 12th, 1915 in New York City, New York, U.S.


    Nelson Rockefeller was a Vice President of the United States and Governor of New York. Nelson was given the name Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller on July 8th, 1908 in Bar Harbor, Maine, U.S. He left this life on January 26th, 1979.


    Jay Rockefeller is a Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, Chairman of theSenate Commerce Committee, Chairman of theSenate Intelligence Committee, Chairman of theSenate. Jay was born on June 18th, 1937 in New York City.


    Michael was given the name Michael Clark Rockefeller by his parents Nelson Rockefeller and Mary Rockefeller on May 18th, 1938.


    William Rockefeller Sr. was a lumberman and salesman. William was given the name William Avery Rockefeller on November 13th, 1810 in Granger, New York, U.S. He passed away on May 11th, 1906.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Rockefeller U.S.
      White 94.77% 64.26%
      African American 1.92% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Rockefeller

    People with the last name Rockefeller are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Rockefeller

    • How Popular is the name Rockefeller? As a last name Rockefeller was the 20,449th most popular name in 2010.
    • How unique is the name Rockefeller? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Rockefeller was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
    • Weird things about the name Rockefeller: Your name in reverse order is Rellefekcor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oekfrellrec. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Rockefeller? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,299 people with the last name Rockefeller.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rockefeller? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rockefeller as their last name since less than 1 person in 227k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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