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The DWYER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 26,759 1197 0.010 99
United States (1880 census) 8,272 728 0.017 165
Change since 1880 +18487 -469 -0.007 -66
Other Countries
Australia 5,897 227 0.036 361
United Kingdom 4,299 1467 0.009 94
Top States for DWYER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 3,341 448 0.018 176
Massachusetts 2,093 342 0.033 330
Florida 1,829 1073 0.011 114
California 1,768 1772 0.005 52
Illinois 1,604 695 0.013 129
Top States for DWYER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Rhode Island 398 243 0.038 380
Massachusetts 2,093 342 0.033 330
New Hampshire 366 466 0.030 296
Vermont 170 529 0.028 279
Connecticut 885 353 0.026 260


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

Classification and Origin of DWYER

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 DWYER 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 DWYER 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 DWYER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 773 2.89
White (Hispanic) 388 1.45
Mixed Race 289 1.08
Asian/Pacific 139 0.52
Native American/Alaskan 56 0.21
White (Caucasian) 25,116 93.86

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

Meaning of DWYER in historical publications

DWYER. Said to be the Gaelic do-ire, a woody uncultivated place. Arthur.

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 DWYER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DWYER.

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 DWYER

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