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The GREEN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 413,477 37 0.153 1,533
United States (1880 census) 121,826 20 0.244 2,437
Change since 1880 +291651 -17 -0.091 -904
Other Countries
Australia 21,819 36 0.133 1,335
United Kingdom 109,697 20 0.239 2,388
Top States for GREEN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 35,166 41 0.169 1,686
California 28,189 81 0.083 832
Florida 26,894 41 0.168 1,683
New York 20,156 36 0.106 1,062
Georgia 18,771 31 0.229 2,293
Top States for GREEN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 13,919 18 0.347 3,469
Alabama 13,573 30 0.305 3,052
Washington DC 1,725 18 0.302 3,015
Louisiana 12,734 27 0.285 2,849
Mississippi 7,749 30 0.272 2,724


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

Classification and Origin of GREEN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 245,316 59.33
Black/African American 149,803 36.23
Mixed Race 7,360 1.78
White (Hispanic) 7,070 1.71
Native American/Alaskan 2,522 0.61
Asian/Pacific 1,406 0.34

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

Meaning of GREEN in historical publications

f" GREEN. A common prefix to local surnames, many of which camaot be traced to their sources in the ordinary gazetteer, such as Greengrass, Greenhaigh, Greenhale, Greenhorne (!), Greening, Greenland, Grecnleaf, Greentree, Greenslade, Greenway, Greeuwell, Greenberry, Greengrow, (-grove,) Greenhalf, (-haugh.) Greensides, Greenacre, Greenhead, (-promontoi'V.) The prefix is the A-Sax. grene, and the comiounds mostly explain themselves.

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 GREEN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GREEN.

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 GREEN

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