The history of your name

The CLEARY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 15,685 2120 0.006 58
United States (1880 census) 3,470 1760 0.007 69
Change since 1880 +12215 -360 -0.001 -11
Other Countries
Australia 2,541 627 0.016 155
United Kingdom 4,405 1425 0.010 96
Top States for CLEARY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 1,766 977 0.009 93
California 1,235 2483 0.004 36
Massachusetts 1,128 746 0.018 178
Florida 1,044 1918 0.007 65
Pennsylvania 917 1554 0.007 75
Top States for CLEARY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 115 869 0.019 189
Massachusetts 1,128 746 0.018 178
Connecticut 571 623 0.017 168
Delaware 108 1254 0.014 138
Maine 153 1536 0.012 120


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

Classification and Origin of CLEARY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 372 2.37
White (Hispanic) 227 1.45
Mixed Race 162 1.03
Asian/Pacific 66 0.42
Native American/Alaskan 30 0.19
White (Caucasian) 14,829 94.54

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

Meaning of CLEARY in historical publications

CLEARY. See Clary.

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 CLEARY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CLEARY.

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 CLEARY

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