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The GREY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 12,338 2691 0.005 46
United States (1880 census) 7,037 860 0.014 141
Change since 1880 +5301 -1831 -0.009 -95
Other Countries
Australia 1,555 1049 0.01 95
United Kingdom 4,945 1267 0.011 108
Top States for GREY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,351 2623 0.004 40
New York 1,235 1653 0.007 65
Florida 1,053 2191 0.007 66
Pennsylvania 582 2976 0.005 47
Texas 476 4941 0.002 23
Top States for GREY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Washington DC 56 1232 0.010 98
Connecticut 317 1542 0.009 93
Vermont 48 2404 0.008 79
Montana 63 2201 0.007 70
Kentucky 279 2213 0.007 69


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

Classification and Origin of GREY

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 GREY 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 GREY 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 GREY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 373 3.02
White (Hispanic) 320 2.59
Mixed Race 276 2.24
Asian/Pacific 196 1.59
White (Caucasian) 8,361 67.77
Black/African American 2,812 22.79

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

Meaning of GREY in historical publications

GREY. jMost genealogists derive this ancient and noble family from Fulbert, chamljerlain to Eobert, duke of Normandy, who held by his gift the castle of Croy, in Picardy, from Avhence the name is assumed to have been borro\ved. There is liowtAer no evidence for this ; for the pedigree is only traced to Henry de Grey, to whom Eichard Ceeur-de-Lion gave the manor of Thurrock, co. Essex, which manor was subsequently known as Grey's Tliurrock. From the "Recherchcs sur le Domesd." of D'Anisy, it appears proliable that the family came from Grai or Gray, a village near Caen. However this may be, the first settler of the name in England, was clearly Anchitillus Grai, a Domesd. tenant in Oxfordshire.

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 GREY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GREY.

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 GREY

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