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The BARRY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 45,044 691 0.017 167
United States (1880 census) 15,372 372 0.031 307
Change since 1880 +29672 -319 -0.014 -140
Other Countries
Australia 5,105 274 0.031 312
United Kingdom 10,599 560 0.023 231
Top States for BARRY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 4,519 102 0.071 712
New York 4,418 324 0.023 233
California 3,916 786 0.012 116
Florida 3,144 590 0.020 197
Pennsylvania 2,140 551 0.017 174
Top States for BARRY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 4,519 102 0.071 712
New Hampshire 640 210 0.052 518
Vermont 251 306 0.041 412
Rhode Island 400 246 0.038 382
Connecticut 1,242 213 0.036 365


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

Classification and Origin of BARRY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 784 1.74
Mixed Race 559 1.24
Asian/Pacific 257 0.57
Native American/Alaskan 185 0.41
White (Caucasian) 40,184 89.21
Black/African American 3,077 6.83

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

Meaning of BARRY in historical publications

(origin: Local) From the Barry Islands in Glamorganshire, Wales; so called, says Bailey, from Baruch, a devout man who was interred there.

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

BARRY. In some instances from the "Welsh ab Harry, the son of Henry ; but the Barrysof Eoclaveston, co. Notts., claim to be descended from Godfridus, who floiu-ished at Teversal, in that shire, temp. "Will. I. In the H.R. the surname appears without a prefix. There is a parish of Barry in co. Forfar.

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 BARRY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BARRY.

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 BARRY

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