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The MASSEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 53,459 568 0.020 198
United States (1880 census) 8,996 666 0.018 180
Change since 1880 +44463 +98 +0.002 +18
Other Countries
Australia 1,287 1277 0.008 79
United Kingdom 10,320 578 0.022 225
Top States for MASSEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 5,632 440 0.027 270
North Carolina 3,768 290 0.047 468
Georgia 3,331 298 0.041 407
Florida 3,024 680 0.019 189
California 2,844 1195 0.008 84
Top States for MASSEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 1,828 222 0.064 643
Arkansas 1,404 234 0.053 525
Alabama 2,238 308 0.050 503
North Carolina 3,768 290 0.047 468
South Carolina 1,871 321 0.047 466


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

Classification and Origin of MASSEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 861 1.61
White (Hispanic) 781 1.46
Native American/Alaskan 503 0.94
Asian/Pacific 428 0.8
White (Caucasian) 40,313 75.41
Black/African American 10,569 19.77

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

Meaning of MASSEY in historical publications

MASSEY. See Massie.

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 MASSEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MASSEY.

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 MASSEY

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