Townsend name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Townsend

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  1. United States social reformer who proposed an old-age pension sponsored by the federal government; his plan was a precursor to Social Security (1867-1960)

Middle English toun (“hamlet, village”) + ende (“end”)

  1. A surname​.
  2. A town in Delaware
  3. A town in Massachusetts
  4. A city, the county seat of Broadwater County, Montana.
  5. A city in Tennessee
  6. A town in Wisconsin

Notable Persons Named Townsend

Notable Persons Named Townsend

Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman is a voice actor, dj, and voice acting. He has been prominent since 1974. Townsend was born on May 28th, 1954 in New York City.

Townsend Harris

Townsend was born on October 3rd, 1804 in Washington County, New York, US. He died on February 25th, 1878.

Townsend Bell

Townsend Bell is a racing driver for the KV Racing Technology. Townsend was born on April 19th, 1975 in San Francisco.

Townsend Whelen

Townsend was born on March 6th, 1877. He passed away on December 23rd, 1961.

Townsend Saunders

Townsend Saunders is an athlete. Townsend was born on April 20th, 1967 in White Sands, New Mexico, U.S.

Townsend F. Dodd

His military service ended in 1919. Townsend was born on March 6th, 1886 in Anna, Illinois. He passed away on October 5th, 1919.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Townsend

Notable Persons With the Last Name Townsend

Peter Townsend

Peter Townsend is a military person. His military service ended in 1956.

Andros Townsend

Andros Townsend is a soccer player for the Newcastle United F.C., Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Reserves, Academy, Tottenham Hotspur F.C., Yeovil Town F.C., Leyton Orient F.C., Milton Keynes Dons F.C., Ipswich Town F.C., Watford F.C., Millwall F.C., Leeds United F.C., Birmingham City F.C., and Queens Park Ra. Andros was born on July 16th, 1991 in Leytonstone, England.

Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend is an actor and director. Stuart was given the name Stuart Peter Townsend by his parent Peter Townsend (golfer) on December 15th, 1972 in Howth.

Devin Townsend

Devin Townsend is a heavy metal music, progressive rock, electronic music, and ambient music musician. He plays Peavey Electronics and Framus. He has had major accomplishments since 1993. Devin was given the name Devin Garret Townsend on May 5th, 1972 in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

Fannie Lou Hamer

Fannie was given the name Fannie Lou Townsend on October 6th, 1917 in Montgomery County, Mississippi. She passed away on March 14th, 1977.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is a 6th Lieutenant Governor of Maryland. Kathleen was born on July 4th, 1951 in Greenwich, Connecticut.

  • Robert Townsend
  • Taylor Townsend
  • Andy Townsend
    Soccer Player
  • Frances Townsend
    3rd United States Homeland Security Advisor
  • Jill Townsend
  • William Cameron Townsend
  • Chad Townsend
  • Deshea Townsend
    Football Player
  • John Townsend
  • Lauren Townsend
    Soccer Player
  • Mark Lee Townsend
  • Joseph Townsend
  • Lee Townsend
    Record Producer
  • Charlie Townsend

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Townsend U.S.
  White 67.70% 64.26%
  African American 26.42% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.38% 16.26%

Of Last Name Townsend

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

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Townsend

  • What name lists does Townsend rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Townsend? Townsend is the 13,482nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Townsend was the 483rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Townsend have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 713 babies born with the first name Townsend in the United States. That's more than enough people named Townsend to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Townsend? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Townsend first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Townsend is Saturday, November 28th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Townsend born? The highest recorded use of the first name Townsend was in 2019 with a total of 27 babies.
  • Random Townsend Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Townsend is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Texas have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Townsend: The name spelled backwards is Dnesnwot. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Stnodewn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Townsend? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 69,360 people with the last name Townsend.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Townsend? Townsend was ranked as the 483rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Townsend name meaning

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