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The GANDER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,502 17351 0.001 6
United States (1880 census) 421 11048 0.001 8
Change since 1880 +1081 -6303 0 -2
Other Countries
Australia 209 7244 0.001 13
United Kingdom 1,132 4743 0.002 25
Top States for GANDER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Wisconsin 278 2918 0.005 52
Missouri 133 5974 0.002 24
Florida 87 20915 0.001 5
New York 81 24919 0.000 4
Minnesota 80 10825 0.002 16
Top States for GANDER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Wisconsin 278 2918 0.005 52
Missouri 133 5974 0.002 24
Oregon 62 7710 0.002 18
Vermont 10 8755 0.002 16
Minnesota 80 10825 0.002 16


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

Classification and Origin of GANDER

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 GANDER 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 GANDER 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 GANDER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 30 2
White (Hispanic) 27 1.8
Asian/Pacific 17 1.13
White (Caucasian) 1,417 94.34
Mixed Race Less than 100 Insignificant
Native American/Alaskan Less than 100 Insignificant

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

Meaning of GANDER in historical publications

GANDER. The bird. The name of the celebrated Genseric, the Vandal chief, is believed to be Teutonic, and to signify like the modern Germ. gansericJi, a gander. Wliy (as Prof. Donaldson remarks) a great warrior should liear such a name is not very obvious ; " but, if anyone feels disposed to smile at such a title, he may correct the impression b)' recollecting that names of birds are not always imposed on the principles suggested by our modern associations." Cambridge Essays, 1856, p. 42. The professor proceeds to exemjjlify his observ-ation in Attila's chief opponent, Actius, 'the aquiline,' synonjanous with Orloff, the name of the Russian plenipotentiary at the Congress of Paris. In like manner Woronzow, a name equally well known in recent history, means "raven like;" and the classical as well as the modern nomenclature of families supplies us with nmnerous analogies. It must not be forgotten, however, that gandr in O. Norse means a wolf

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 GANDER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GANDER.

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 GANDER

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