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The GREER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 54,611 552 0.020 202
United States (1880 census) 10,541 562 0.021 211
Change since 1880 +44070 +10 -0.001 -9
Other Countries
Australia 1,225 1350 0.007 75
United Kingdom 4,358 1446 0.009 95
Top States for GREER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 5,195 464 0.025 249
Tennessee 4,444 165 0.078 781
California 3,663 871 0.011 108
North Carolina 2,539 443 0.032 315
Ohio 2,284 539 0.020 201
Top States for GREER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Tennessee 4,444 165 0.078 781
Mississippi 1,892 201 0.067 665
Kentucky 2,033 271 0.050 503
South Carolina 1,643 366 0.041 410
Arkansas 1,060 302 0.040 396


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

Classification and Origin of GREER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 814 1.49
White (Hispanic) 803 1.47
Native American/Alaskan 240 0.44
Asian/Pacific 191 0.35
White (Caucasian) 41,297 75.62
Black/African American 11,261 20.62

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

Meaning of GREER in historical publications

A corruption of Gregor. Gilbert McGregor, second son of Malcom, Laird of McGregor, who settled at Nithesdale, Dumfries Co., Scotland, in 1374, left issue, who assumed the short appellation of Greer. Welsh, Grewr, a herdsman.

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

GREER. See Gregory.

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 GREER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GREER.

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 GREER

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