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The GAINES surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 42,369 739 0.016 157
United States (1880 census) 7,893 762 0.016 158
Change since 1880 +34476 +23 0 -1
Other Countries
Australia 46 27414 0.000 3
United Kingdom 964 5412 0.002 21
Top States for GAINES by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 3,342 1072 0.010 99
Texas 3,274 861 0.016 157
Florida 2,829 767 0.018 177
Georgia 2,524 434 0.031 308
Ohio 1,770 808 0.016 156
Top States for GAINES by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 1,242 371 0.044 437
Alabama 1,749 441 0.039 393
Louisiana 1,728 377 0.039 387
Kentucky 1,281 511 0.032 317
South Carolina 1,248 561 0.031 311


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

Classification and Origin of GAINES

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 GAINES 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 GAINES 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 GAINES in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 873 2.06
White (Hispanic) 708 1.67
Native American/Alaskan 237 0.56
Asian/Pacific 136 0.32
Black/African American 21,299 50.27
White (Caucasian) 19,117 45.12

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

Meaning of GAINES in historical publications


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 GAINES

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GAINES.

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 GAINES

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