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The HAYS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 33,194 964 0.012 123
United States (1880 census) 24,749 207 0.049 495
Change since 1880 +8445 -757 -0.037 -372
Other Countries
Australia 308 5080 0.002 19
United Kingdom 731 6691 0.002 16
Top States for HAYS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 3,481 693 0.017 167
California 2,633 1182 0.008 78
Missouri 1,799 318 0.032 322
Florida 1,640 1198 0.010 103
Illinois 1,570 707 0.013 126
Top States for HAYS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Oklahoma 1,228 323 0.036 356
Missouri 1,799 318 0.032 322
Wyoming 149 296 0.030 302
Arkansas 777 408 0.029 291
Kentucky 1,103 514 0.027 273


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

Classification and Origin of HAYS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 498 1.5
Mixed Race 438 1.32
Native American/Alaskan 199 0.6
Asian/Pacific 146 0.44
White (Caucasian) 30,744 92.62
Black/African American 1,168 3.52

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

Meaning of HAYS in historical publications

HAYS. Hayes, parishes in Kent and Middlesex.

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 HAYS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HAYS.

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 HAYS

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