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The CAIN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 57,873 516 0.021 214
United States (1880 census) 14,915 386 0.030 298
Change since 1880 +42958 -130 -0.009 -84
Other Countries
Australia 2,093 771 0.013 128
United Kingdom 7,376 834 0.016 161
Top States for CAIN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 4,754 515 0.023 228
Ohio 3,499 313 0.031 308
California 3,381 942 0.010 100
Florida 3,226 588 0.020 202
Georgia 2,652 368 0.032 324
Top States for CAIN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 1,049 215 0.058 580
Alabama 2,113 311 0.048 475
Kentucky 1,824 309 0.045 451
Mississippi 1,255 325 0.044 441
South Carolina 1,511 395 0.038 377


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

Classification and Origin of CAIN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

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 CAIN 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 CAIN 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 CAIN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 857 1.48
White (Hispanic) 787 1.36
Native American/Alaskan 382 0.66
Asian/Pacific 284 0.49
White (Caucasian) 46,339 80.07
Black/African American 9,231 15.95

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

Meaning of CAIN in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of CAIN.

Similar names to CAIN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CAIN.

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 CAIN

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