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The GAYER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,466 17652 0.001 5
United States (1880 census) 226 17605 0 5
Change since 1880 +1240 -47 +N/A 0
Other Countries
Australia 9 92442 0 1
United Kingdom 72 25134 0 2
Top States for GAYER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 193 15495 0.001 6
New York 103 21721 0.001 5
Illinois 98 16506 0.001 8
Ohio 95 16492 0.001 8
Missouri 85 9834 0.002 15
Top States for GAYER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kansas 57 7057 0.002 21
Arkansas 55 6124 0.002 21
Missouri 85 9834 0.002 15
Hawaii 18 7265 0.001 15
Nebraska 24 13215 0.001 14


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

Classification and Origin of GAYER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 42 2.86
Black/African American 23 1.57
White (Hispanic) 19 1.3
Asian/Pacific 17 1.16
Native American/Alaskan 7 0.48
White (Caucasian) 1,358 92.63

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

Meaning of GAYER in historical publications

A gray—hound; a swift dog.

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

GAYER. Perhaps the Gare of the Wiltshire Domesday.

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 GAYER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GAYER.

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 GAYER

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