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The CARRIER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 13,413 2467 0.005 50
United States (1880 census) 2,205 2740 0.004 44
Change since 1880 +11208 +273 +0.001 +6
Other Countries
Australia 161 9212 0.001 10
United Kingdom 855 5959 0.002 19
Top States for CARRIER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 1,075 598 0.024 241
Michigan 1,074 969 0.011 108
Florida 885 2309 0.006 55
Texas 800 2888 0.004 38
California 672 4362 0.002 20
Top States for CARRIER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New Hampshire 470 354 0.038 380
Maine 439 553 0.034 344
Delaware 264 457 0.034 337
Vermont 167 566 0.027 274
Louisiana 1,075 598 0.024 241


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

Classification and Origin of CARRIER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 174 1.3
White (Hispanic) 174 1.3
Native American/Alaskan 105 0.78
Asian/Pacific 55 0.41
White (Caucasian) 11,865 88.46
Black/African American 1,038 7.74

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

Meaning of CARRIER in historical publications

CARRIER. Originally a messenger.

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 CARRIER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CARRIER.

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 CARRIER

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