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The GARY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 21,213 1555 0.008 79
United States (1880 census) 4,525 1371 0.009 91
Change since 1880 +16688 -184 -0.001 -12
Other Countries
Australia 16 62406 0.000 1
United Kingdom 159 18790 0.000 3
Top States for GARY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 1,889 1352 0.009 91
Louisiana 1,756 346 0.039 393
California 1,261 2572 0.004 37
Florida 1,197 1764 0.007 75
South Carolina 1,092 608 0.027 272
Top States for GARY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 1,756 346 0.039 393
South Carolina 1,092 608 0.027 272
Mississippi 602 754 0.021 212
Washington DC 86 776 0.015 150
Alabama 598 1255 0.013 134


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

Classification and Origin of GARY

Region of origin: Europe

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Ethnic distribution of GARY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 420 1.98
Mixed Race 373 1.76
Native American/Alaskan 117 0.55
Asian/Pacific 106 0.5
White (Caucasian) 10,621 50.07
Black/African American 9,573 45.13

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

Meaning of GARY in historical publications

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

Similar names to GARY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GARY.

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 GARY

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