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The MCDONALD surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 176,094 127 0.065 653
United States (1880 census) 73 38773 0.000 1
Change since 1880 +176021 +38646 +0.065 +652
Other Countries
Australia 20,999 39 0.128 1,285
United Kingdom 34,317 135 0.075 747
Top States for MCDONALD by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 14,528 147 0.070 697
California 13,165 207 0.039 389
Florida 11,369 118 0.071 711
New York 8,739 130 0.046 461
Michigan 7,872 74 0.079 792
Top States for MCDONALD by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 4,290 69 0.151 1,508
Alabama 5,187 98 0.117 1,166
Maine 1,174 150 0.092 921
Montana 829 67 0.092 919
Oklahoma 3,029 110 0.088 878


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

Classification and Origin of MCDONALD

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 757 0.43
White (Caucasian) 139,449 79.19
Black/African American 28,633 16.26
White (Hispanic) 3,258 1.85
Mixed Race 2,659 1.51
Native American/Alaskan 1,338 0.76

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

Meaning of MCDONALD in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of MCDONALD.

Similar names to MCDONALD

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MCDONALD.

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 MCDONALD

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