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The GALES surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 3,703 8236 0.001 14
United States (1880 census) 1,144 4871 0.002 23
Change since 1880 +2559 -3365 -0.001 -9
Other Countries
Australia 93 15130 0.001 6
United Kingdom 456 9451 0.001 10
Top States for GALES by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
North Carolina 378 3040 0.005 47
Pennsylvania 238 6854 0.002 19
New York 224 9175 0.001 12
California 209 12872 0.001 6
Ohio 209 6959 0.002 18
Top States for GALES by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Washington DC 46 1419 0.008 80
Mississippi 141 2691 0.005 50
North Carolina 378 3040 0.005 47
Louisiana 183 3332 0.004 41
Alaska 20 5042 0.003 32


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

Classification and Origin of GALES

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 GALES 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 GALES 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 GALES in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 101 2.73
Mixed Race 76 2.05
Asian/Pacific 28 0.76
Native American/Alaskan 25 0.68
Black/African American 1,945 52.52
White (Caucasian) 1,528 41.26

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

Meaning of GALES in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of GALES.

Similar names to GALES

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GALES.

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 GALES

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