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The GRIER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 13,098 2529 0.005 49
United States (1880 census) 2,829 2162 0.006 57
Change since 1880 +10269 -367 -0.001 -8
Other Countries
Australia 79 17420 0.000 5
United Kingdom 818 6166 0.002 18
Top States for GRIER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Georgia 2,365 485 0.029 289
North Carolina 1,376 974 0.017 171
Florida 835 2761 0.005 52
Pennsylvania 705 2406 0.006 57
South Carolina 639 1175 0.016 159
Top States for GRIER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Georgia 2,365 485 0.029 289
Delaware 201 736 0.026 257
North Carolina 1,376 974 0.017 171
South Carolina 639 1175 0.016 159
Alabama 474 1663 0.011 107

Notes

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

Classification and Origin of GRIER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 223 1.7
White (Hispanic) 151 1.15
Asian/Pacific 45 0.34
Native American/Alaskan 30 0.23
Black/African American 7,343 56.06
White (Caucasian) 5,309 40.53

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

Meaning of GRIER in historical publications

A contraction of Gregor, the same as Greer (which see).

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


GRIER. 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 GRIER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GRIER.

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 GRIER

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