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The MEWS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 374 52174 0.000 1
United States (1880 census) 91 33540 0.000 2
Change since 1880 +283 -18634 0 -1
Other Countries
Australia 148 9974 0.001 9
United Kingdom 190 17002 0.000 4
Top States for MEWS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Wisconsin 122 6320 0.002 23
Iowa 31 13264 0.001 11
South Dakota 29 4201 0.004 38
Minnesota 29 24389 0.001 6
Arizona 24 20188 0.000 5
Top States for MEWS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Dakota 29 4201 0.004 38
Wisconsin 122 6320 0.002 23
Iowa 31 13264 0.001 11
Minnesota 29 24389 0.001 6
Delaware 4 26305 0.001 5

Notes

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

Classification and Origin of MEWS

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 MEWS 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 MEWS 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 MEWS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 350 93.58
Black/African American 14 3.74
Mixed Race 5 1.34
White (Hispanic) 5 1.34
Asian/Pacific None reported 0
Native American/Alaskan None reported 0

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

Meaning of MEWS in historical publications

MEWS. 1. The same as Meux. 2. What we now call a mews is a stable, or place for the reception of horses ; but the word meant, in the days of falconry, a receptacle for hawks. The Fr. vmcr signifies to moult, and a cage for moulting hawks was formerly called a mew. Halliw. The word was afterwards extended to mean the place where hawks were kept, and this, by a not uncommon change of signification, was transferred to a stable.

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 MEWS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MEWS.

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 MEWS

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