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The MASON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 155,484 149 0.058 576
United States (1880 census) 43,446 100 0.087 869
Change since 1880 +112038 -49 -0.029 -293
Other Countries
Australia 10,766 99 0.066 659
United Kingdom 51,656 79 0.112 1,125
Top States for MASON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 11,249 263 0.033 332
Texas 9,231 258 0.044 443
Florida 8,196 203 0.051 513
Ohio 8,097 110 0.071 713
Virginia 7,432 68 0.105 1,050
Top States for MASON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Virginia 7,432 68 0.105 1,050
Alabama 4,439 132 0.100 998
Maine 1,263 138 0.099 991
Vermont 586 80 0.096 963
Mississippi 2,647 140 0.093 931


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

Classification and Origin of MASON

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 MASON 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 MASON 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 MASON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 653 0.42
White (Caucasian) 110,378 70.99
Black/African American 38,062 24.48
Mixed Race 2,643 1.7
White (Hispanic) 2,612 1.68
Native American/Alaskan 1,135 0.73

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

Meaning of MASON in historical publications

MASON. 1. The occupation. Le Mason, Le Masson, Le Masun. H.R. 2. A township in Northumberland.

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 MASON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MASON.

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 MASON

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