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The CRAY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 2,743 10689 0.001 10
United States (1880 census) 876 6089 0.002 18
Change since 1880 +1867 -4600 -0.001 -8
Other Countries
Australia 146 10136 0.001 9
United Kingdom 665 7192 0.001 14
Top States for CRAY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 257 8795 0.002 16
Maine 245 1223 0.019 192
Pennsylvania 168 10712 0.001 14
Texas 162 12285 0.001 8
California 147 19335 0.000 4
Top States for CRAY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 245 1223 0.019 192
Vermont 42 2869 0.007 69
New Hampshire 73 2995 0.006 59
Georgia 147 5997 0.002 18
Oregon 60 8541 0.002 18


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

Classification and Origin of CRAY

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 CRAY 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 CRAY 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 CRAY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 603 21.98
Mixed Race 46 1.68
White (Hispanic) 32 1.17
Asian/Pacific 12 0.44
Native American/Alaskan 9 0.33
White (Caucasian) 2,041 74.41

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

Meaning of CRAY in historical publications

CRAY. A mutilation of jMacray.

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 CRAY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as CRAY.

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 CRAY

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