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The GUNTER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 23,775 1368 0.009 88
United States (1880 census) 3,702 1656 0.007 74
Change since 1880 +20073 +288 +0.002 +14
Other Countries
Australia 277 5608 0.002 17
United Kingdom 1,451 3875 0.003 32
Top States for GUNTER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 2,130 1222 0.010 102
North Carolina 1,845 649 0.023 229
South Carolina 1,845 319 0.046 460
Georgia 1,735 631 0.021 212
Florida 1,536 1381 0.010 96
Top States for GUNTER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 1,845 319 0.046 460
Alabama 1,363 556 0.031 306
Tennessee 1,491 600 0.026 262
North Carolina 1,845 649 0.023 229
Mississippi 620 735 0.022 218


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

Classification and Origin of GUNTER

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 GUNTER 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 GUNTER 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 GUNTER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 347 1.46
White (Hispanic) 264 1.11
Native American/Alaskan 136 0.57
Asian/Pacific 100 0.42
White (Caucasian) 20,054 84.35
Black/African American 2,874 12.09

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

Meaning of GUNTER in historical publications

GUNTER. GUNTHER. A tradition in the family says, from gaunt (Vor, allusive to the golden gauntlets in their arms ; but this is very improbable. Guutaric was an old Teutonic personal name, and Gonther and Gunter appear as tenants in Domesd.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Supposed to be the same as Ingulphus, from In and golpe, Belgic, to swallow down, to devour. The name may be local, and given to a native of Gaunt or Ghent.

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

Similar names to GUNTER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GUNTER.

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 GUNTER

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