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The GRAVES surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 82,179 340 0.030 305
United States (1880 census) 24,478 208 0.049 490
Change since 1880 +57701 -132 -0.019 -185
Other Countries
Australia 786 2059 0.005 48
United Kingdom 5,930 1061 0.013 129
Top States for GRAVES by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 6,767 364 0.032 325
California 5,905 541 0.017 174
Tennessee 4,577 166 0.080 804
Florida 3,831 506 0.024 240
North Carolina 3,567 307 0.044 443
Top States for GRAVES by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 2,344 162 0.082 824
Tennessee 4,577 166 0.080 804
Arkansas 1,737 188 0.065 650
Kentucky 2,393 229 0.059 592
Alabama 2,495 271 0.056 561


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

Classification and Origin of GRAVES

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 592 0.72
Asian/Pacific 304 0.37
White (Caucasian) 59,128 71.95
Black/African American 19,361 23.56
Mixed Race 1,430 1.74
White (Hispanic) 1,364 1.66

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

Meaning of GRAVES in historical publications

GRAVES. See Grave, 4.

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 GRAVES

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GRAVES.

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 GRAVES

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