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The MOSS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 73,750 389 0.027 273
United States (1880 census) 15,955 356 0.032 319
Change since 1880 +57795 -33 -0.005 -46
Other Countries
Australia 4,200 350 0.026 257
United Kingdom 23,804 220 0.052 518
Top States for MOSS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 5,488 441 0.026 263
California 5,233 606 0.015 154
Georgia 4,753 191 0.058 581
Florida 4,420 414 0.028 277
North Carolina 3,974 256 0.049 494
Top States for MOSS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
South Carolina 2,644 208 0.066 659
Tennessee 3,316 235 0.058 583
Georgia 4,753 191 0.058 581
Mississippi 1,499 271 0.053 527
Alabama 2,338 287 0.053 526


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

Classification and Origin of MOSS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 524 0.71
Asian/Pacific 273 0.37
White (Caucasian) 53,004 71.87
Black/African American 17,781 24.11
Mixed Race 1,092 1.48
White (Hispanic) 1,077 1.46

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

Meaning of MOSS in historical publications

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

Similar names to MOSS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MOSS.

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 MOSS

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