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The GEORGE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 119,778 227 0.044 444
United States (1880 census) 23,653 217 0.047 473
Change since 1880 +96125 -10 -0.003 -29
Other Countries
Australia 6,623 193 0.041 405
United Kingdom 22,520 237 0.049 490
Top States for GEORGE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 9,300 249 0.045 446
California 8,979 349 0.027 265
Pennsylvania 8,452 82 0.069 688
New York 8,339 142 0.044 439
Florida 7,132 238 0.045 446
Top States for GEORGE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Alaska 511 88 0.082 815
Louisiana 3,577 143 0.080 800
Pennsylvania 8,452 82 0.069 688
Delaware 499 198 0.064 637
West Virginia 1,141 199 0.063 631


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

Classification and Origin of GEORGE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 85,569 71.44
Black/African American 20,805 17.37
Asian/Pacific 5,594 4.67
Mixed Race 2,479 2.07
Native American/Alaskan 2,659 2.22
White (Hispanic) 2,683 2.24

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

Meaning of GEORGE in historical publications

GEORGE. The personal name. Unlike most names of its class, it seems not to have given rise to any diminutive or derivative.

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 GEORGE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GEORGE.

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 GEORGE

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