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The MAJOR surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 19,791 1659 0.007 73
United States (1880 census) 4,058 1521 0.008 81
Change since 1880 +15733 -138 -0.001 -8
Other Countries
Australia 1,337 1227 0.008 82
United Kingdom 5,317 1172 0.012 116
Top States for MAJOR by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 1,703 1333 0.011 107
California 1,203 2855 0.004 36
New York 1,109 1804 0.006 58
Louisiana 1,082 654 0.024 242
Pennsylvania 1,057 1505 0.009 86
Top States for MAJOR by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 1,082 654 0.024 242
South Carolina 968 733 0.024 241
Rhode Island 195 826 0.019 186
Delaware 113 1354 0.014 144
Vermont 82 1458 0.013 135


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

Classification and Origin of MAJOR

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Status Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 386 1.95
White (Hispanic) 327 1.65
Asian/Pacific 85 0.43
Native American/Alaskan 85 0.43
White (Caucasian) 12,542 63.37
Black/African American 6,367 32.17

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

Meaning of MAJOR in historical publications

MAJOR. See nnder Manger.

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 MAJOR

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MAJOR.

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 MAJOR

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