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The MEARS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 9,706 3368 0.004 36
United States (1880 census) 2,896 2105 0.006 58
Change since 1880 +6810 -1263 -0.002 -22
Other Countries
Australia 762 2130 0.005 47
United Kingdom 3,993 1566 0.009 87
Top States for MEARS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Florida 898 2281 0.006 56
Texas 687 3338 0.003 33
California 581 4954 0.002 17
Virginia 468 1986 0.007 66
Pennsylvania 455 3371 0.004 37
Top States for MEARS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 210 615 0.027 268
Vermont 127 807 0.021 209
Alaska 57 1414 0.009 91
Arkansas 215 1687 0.008 80
North Dakota 48 2171 0.007 75


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

Classification and Origin of MEARS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 613 6.32
Mixed Race 143 1.47
White (Hispanic) 141 1.45
Asian/Pacific 52 0.54
Native American/Alaskan 46 0.47
White (Caucasian) 8,711 89.75

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

Meaning of MEARS in historical publications

MEARS. A parish in Northamptonshire.

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 MEARS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MEARS.

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 MEARS

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