Meaning Local: Derived form some small locality in county Devon or Cornwall. The middle syllable is probably intrusive. The suffix is, no doubt, 'way,' a road, a path.
Origin English, Irish, South african

Rank 2,109 (2000 US census) 1,638 (1990 US census)
Count 15,784 (2000 US census)

Race / ethnic distribution

The 2000 US Census claims that
  • 40.41%, or 6378 total occurrences, of those with this family name identified themselves as being white,
  • 55.42%, or 8747 total occurrences, as black,
  • 0.34%, or 54 total occurrences, as Asian and Pacific Islander,
  • 0.37%, or 58 total occurrences, as American Indian and Native Alaskan,
  • 2.25%, or 355 total occurrences, as two or more races, and
  • 1.22%, or 193 total occurrences, as Hispanic ethnic origin.

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