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The CAREW surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,167 12971 0.001 8
United States (1880 census) 355 12570 0.001 7
Change since 1880 +1812 -401 0 +1
Other Countries
Australia 464 3434 0.003 28
United Kingdom 622 7574 0.001 14
Top States for CAREW by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 213 8337 0.001 13
Massachusetts 200 4030 0.003 32
New York 193 9265 0.001 10
California 167 13851 0.000 5
Wisconsin 158 4750 0.003 29
Top States for CAREW by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 200 4030 0.003 32
Rhode Island 33 4477 0.003 31
Wisconsin 158 4750 0.003 29
Delaware 20 6402 0.003 26
Connecticut 78 5461 0.002 23


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

Classification and Origin of CAREW

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 272 12.55
White (Hispanic) 43 1.98
Mixed Race 40 1.85
Asian/Pacific 14 0.65
Native American/Alaskan 7 0.32
White (Caucasian) 1,791 82.65

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

Meaning of CAREW in historical publications

(origin: Welsh.) Derived from the castle of Carrw, in Wales. The castle by the water, from Caer, castle or fort, and ew, water.

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

CAREW. The Carews of Wales, Cornwall, &c., are descended from Gerald de Carrio, called by Giraldus Cambrensis (his relative) Gerald de Windsor and Fitz-Walter, who was castellan of Pembroke castle under Arnulf de Montgomery. He married Nest, a concubine of King Henry I., and had two sons; William Fitzgerald, the progenitor of the Carews, and Maurice who accompanied Strongbow into Ireland, and founded the FitzGeralds, Geraldines, and Geralds of that country. Gent. Mag., May, 1829. Carew castle is near Milford Haven. Carey is said to be another form of this name, which circ. 1300 was spelt De Carru.

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 CAREW

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CAREW.

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 CAREW

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