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The BLAIN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,456 6941 0.002 16
United States (1880 census) 1,834 3232 0.004 37
Change since 1880 +2622 -3709 -0.002 -21
Other Countries
Australia 571 2846 0.003 35
United Kingdom 1,393 3995 0.003 30

'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.

Classification and Origin of BLAIN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 476 10.68
White (Hispanic) 125 2.81
Mixed Race 78 1.75
Native American/Alaskan 33 0.74
Asian/Pacific 19 0.43
White (Caucasian) 3,725 83.6

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

Meaning of BLAIN in historical publications

(origin: Fr. Local) From the town of Blain, in Bretagne, France. Blaen, in the Welsh, signifies the summit or top; the same as pen, brig, and bar, the highest part of a mountain; the end or top of an object; the inland extremity of a glen; a leader or chief.

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

BLAIN. See Blane.

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 BLAIN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BLAIN.

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 BLAIN

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