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The MURRAY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 178,414 123 0.066 661
United States (1880 census) 37,873 126 0.076 757
Change since 1880 +140541 +3 -0.01 -96
Other Countries
Australia 16,905 58 0.103 1,034
United Kingdom 61,657 68 0.134 1,342

'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.

Classification and Origin of MURRAY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Scotland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 856 0.48
White (Caucasian) 138,431 77.59
Black/African American 32,346 18.13
Mixed Race 2,748 1.54
White (Hispanic) 2,962 1.66
Native American/Alaskan 1,070 0.6

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

Meaning of MURRAY in historical publications

MURRAY. The founder of the clan of Sutherland settled in the XII. cent, in the province of ilurref, Moray, or Moravia, comprehending the modern counties of Murray or Elgin, and parts of Inverness and

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 MURRAY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as MURRAY.

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 MURRAY

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