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The BARNES surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 210,426 99 0.078 780
United States (1880 census) 47,229 82 0.094 945
Change since 1880 +163197 -17 -0.016 -165
Other Countries
Australia 10,449 106 0.064 639
United Kingdom 45,642 93 0.099 994
Top States for BARNES by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 14,939 149 0.072 716
California 14,283 192 0.042 422
North Carolina 12,801 48 0.159 1,590
Florida 12,472 111 0.078 780
Georgia 9,592 74 0.117 1,172
Top States for BARNES by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 6,023 42 0.212 2,117
Washington DC 1,026 35 0.179 1,794
North Carolina 12,801 48 0.159 1,590
Alabama 6,765 78 0.152 1,521
Oklahoma 4,810 56 0.139 1,394


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

Classification and Origin of BARNES

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BARNES 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 BARNES 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 BARNES in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 842 0.4
White (Caucasian) 141,932 67.45
Black/African American 59,403 28.23
Mixed Race 3,598 1.71
White (Hispanic) 3,135 1.49
Native American/Alaskan 1,515 0.72

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

Meaning of BARNES in historical publications

A distinguished family of Sotterly, Co. Suffolk, England. Bearn, local, a city in France. Barnyz, Cor. Br., a judge.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

BARNES. BARNS. 1. The same as Berners, which see. Dame JuHaiia Bemers, the author of the well-known treatise on sporting and heraldry called the Boke of St. Albans, wrote herself Berns and Barnes. 2. From residence near a barn ; say a monastic or manorial barn. Atte Berne is the XIV. cent. orthograi)hy. 3. Barnes,' a parish in CO. Surrey. See however Barn.

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 BARNES

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BARNES.

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 BARNES

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