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The MAIN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 12,631 2629 0.005 47
United States (1880 census) 3,324 1845 0.007 66
Change since 1880 +9307 -784 -0.002 -19
Other Countries
Australia 1,068 1550 0.007 65
United Kingdom 6,045 1038 0.013 132
Top States for MAIN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,171 2725 0.003 35
Michigan 824 1346 0.008 83
Florida 689 3025 0.004 43
Pennsylvania 668 2306 0.005 54
Washington 634 1159 0.011 108
Top States for MAIN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 204 1243 0.016 160
Connecticut 414 1008 0.012 122
Iowa 335 1017 0.011 114
Washington 634 1159 0.011 108
Vermont 61 1794 0.010 100


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

Classification and Origin of MAIN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 253 2
Native American/Alaskan 168 1.33
Mixed Race 158 1.25
Asian/Pacific 145 1.15
Black/African American 56 0.44
White (Caucasian) 11,852 93.83

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

Meaning of MAIN in historical publications

MAIN. MAINE. MAYNE. From the French Province.

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 MAIN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MAIN.

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 MAIN

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