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The GALBRAITH surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 8,555 3808 0.003 32
United States (1880 census) 2,124 2828 0.004 42
Change since 1880 +6431 -980 -0.001 -10
Other Countries
Australia 871 1883 0.005 53
United Kingdom 3,878 1604 0.008 84
Top States for GALBRAITH by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 920 3250 0.003 27
Pennsylvania 617 2389 0.005 50
Michigan 567 1936 0.006 57
Texas 532 4041 0.003 26
Florida 476 4160 0.003 30
Top States for GALBRAITH by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 73 1325 0.010 97
Utah 198 1505 0.009 89
Idaho 109 1597 0.008 84
Washington 444 1601 0.008 75
Alaska 36 2320 0.006 57


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

Classification and Origin of GALBRAITH

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 132 1.54
Mixed Race 130 1.52
White (Hispanic) 104 1.22
Native American/Alaskan 54 0.63
Asian/Pacific 53 0.62
White (Caucasian) 8,082 94.47

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

Meaning of GALBRAITH in historical publications

A compound of two Gaelic words, Gall and Bhreatan, that is, strange Briton, or Low Country Briton. The Galbraiths in the Gaelic are called Breatannich, or Clann-a-Breatannich, that is, the Britons, or the children of the Britons, and were once reckoned a great name in Scotland, according to the following lines:-- "Bhreatanuich o'n Talla dhearg, Hailse sir Alba do shloinneadh." "Galbraith's from the Red Tower, Noblest of Scottish surnames." The "Talla dhearg," or "Red Tower," was probably Dumbarton, that is, Dun Bhreatain, the hill or stronghold of the Britons, whence it is said the Galbraiths came. Galbraith, Welsh, the diversified plain.

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

Similar names to GALBRAITH

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GALBRAITH.

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 GALBRAITH

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