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The DUNBAR surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 24,871 1299 0.009 92
United States (1880 census) 7,727 775 0.015 155
Change since 1880 +17144 -524 -0.006 -63
Other Countries
Australia 1,205 1373 0.007 74
United Kingdom 4,895 1281 0.011 107
Top States for DUNBAR by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,916 1749 0.006 57
Florida 1,593 1324 0.010 100
New York 1,394 1317 0.007 73
Pennsylvania 1,262 1117 0.010 103
Texas 1,165 2096 0.006 56
Top States for DUNBAR by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Vermont 182 525 0.030 299
Maine 329 795 0.026 258
South Carolina 962 694 0.024 240
West Virginia 417 678 0.023 231
Louisiana 858 771 0.019 192


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

Classification and Origin of DUNBAR

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 413 1.66
White (Hispanic) 358 1.44
Asian/Pacific 107 0.43
Native American/Alaskan 92 0.37
White (Caucasian) 16,818 67.62
Black/African American 7,086 28.49

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

Meaning of DUNBAR in historical publications

(origin: Local) From the town of Dunbar, at the mouth of the Frith of Forth, Scotland. Dunabar, Gaelic, signifies the castle, town, or fort on the height or summit. The town was so called from its situation on the rock which at this place projects into the sea.

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

Similar names to DUNBAR

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DUNBAR.

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 DUNBAR

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