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The BURNS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 162,153 141 0.060 601
United States (1880 census) 51,367 73 0.103 1,027
Change since 1880 +110786 -68 -0.043 -426
Other Countries
Australia 9,583 121 0.059 586
United Kingdom 34,568 134 0.075 753
Top States for BURNS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 11,752 183 0.056 564
California 11,688 232 0.035 345
Florida 8,942 161 0.056 559
New York 8,654 121 0.046 456
Ohio 8,297 94 0.073 731
Top States for BURNS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 796 88 0.102 1,016
Maine 1,250 128 0.098 980
Mississippi 2,543 135 0.089 894
Arkansas 2,348 109 0.088 878
West Virginia 1,540 115 0.085 852


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

Classification and Origin of BURNS

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 BURNS 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 BURNS 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 BURNS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 730 0.45
White (Caucasian) 133,257 82.18
Black/African American 22,101 13.63
Mixed Race 2,351 1.45
White (Hispanic) 2,578 1.59
Native American/Alaskan 1,151 0.71

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

Meaning of BURNS in historical publications

(origin: Local) A burn, in Scotland, is a small stream, the same as Bourne. Biorn, in the Danish and Swedish, signifies a bear, figuratively, a ferocious, valiant man.

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

Similar names to BURNS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BURNS.

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 BURNS

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