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The GIFFORD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 19,171 1716 0.007 71
United States (1880 census) 7,483 808 0.015 150
Change since 1880 +11688 -908 -0.008 -79
Other Countries
Australia 750 2172 0.005 46
United Kingdom 2,786 2233 0.006 61
Top States for GIFFORD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 1,459 1235 0.008 77
California 1,426 2204 0.004 42
Florida 1,139 1800 0.007 71
Ohio 1,081 1227 0.010 95
Texas 974 2396 0.005 47
Top States for GIFFORD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 340 747 0.027 267
Wyoming 98 533 0.020 198
Idaho 216 759 0.017 167
Massachusetts 949 926 0.015 149
Utah 316 943 0.014 142


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called GIFFORD live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called GIFFORD represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called GIFFORD in New York than any other state, but you are more likely to find a GIFFORD by picking someone at random in Maine than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of GIFFORD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the GIFFORD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the GIFFORD surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of GIFFORD in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 405 2.11
White (Hispanic) 322 1.68
Mixed Race 274 1.43
Native American/Alaskan 123 0.64
Asian/Pacific 92 0.48
White (Caucasian) 17,956 93.66

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the GIFFORD surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of GIFFORD in historical publications

GIFFORD. GIFFARD. The old historical Gifl'ards of Normandy and England descended from the De Bollebecs, who were connected by marriae with Richard I., Duke of Noi-mandy. Walter, son of Osborne de Bollebec, though surnamed " Giffard," or " the Liberal," seems also to have been conservatwe in the acquisition and retention of lands; for he got not only the fair domain of Longueville, near Dieppe, from Eichard II. of Normandy, vho created him Count de Longueville, but also the Earldom of Buckingham, with above a hundred manors in various counties of England, from William I., whom he had accompanied to the Conquest of this country. In Leland's time there were four "notable houses" of Gifibrd remaining in England, in the cos. of Devon, Southampton, Staflbrd, and Buckingham. At the present time the only one of these existing is the Staffordshire family, whose ancestor married the heiress of Corbosone, temp. King Stephen, and thus became Lord of Chillington, which has ever since been the abode of his posterity. Shirley's Noble and Gentle Men of England.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to GIFFORD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GIFFORD.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for GIFFORD

The following words are slight variants of GIFFORD that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.