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The GIBSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 184,420 119 0.068 684
United States (1880 census) 41,337 110 0.083 827
Change since 1880 +143083 -9 -0.015 -143
Other Countries
Australia 10,850 97 0.066 664
United Kingdom 48,819 83 0.106 1,063
Top States for GIBSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 13,466 164 0.065 646
California 12,228 239 0.036 361
Ohio 10,976 68 0.097 967
Florida 10,809 136 0.068 676
Georgia 8,084 94 0.099 987
Top States for GIBSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 6,516 46 0.161 1,612
West Virginia 2,740 52 0.152 1,515
South Carolina 6,006 75 0.150 1,497
Tennessee 7,736 75 0.136 1,360
Oklahoma 4,026 76 0.117 1,167


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

Classification and Origin of GIBSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 664 0.36
White (Caucasian) 137,522 74.57
Black/African American 38,857 21.07
Mixed Race 3,043 1.65
White (Hispanic) 2,748 1.49
Native American/Alaskan 1,568 0.85

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

Meaning of GIBSON in historical publications

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

Similar names to GIBSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GIBSON.

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 GIBSON

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