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The PAYNE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 138,028 183 0.051 512
United States (1880 census) 28,476 177 0.057 570
Change since 1880 +109552 -6 -0.006 -58
Other Countries
Australia 8,513 135 0.052 521
United Kingdom 37,331 120 0.081 813
Top States for PAYNE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 11,341 204 0.054 544
California 8,872 358 0.026 262
Virginia 7,529 66 0.106 1,064
Georgia 7,128 117 0.087 871
Florida 7,090 245 0.044 444
Top States for PAYNE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Tennessee 6,876 89 0.121 1,209
Alabama 5,150 101 0.116 1,158
Kentucky 4,409 87 0.109 1,091
Virginia 7,529 66 0.106 1,064
West Virginia 1,807 100 0.100 999


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

Classification and Origin of PAYNE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 745 0.54
Asian/Pacific 483 0.35
White (Caucasian) 101,713 73.69
Black/African American 30,408 22.03
Mixed Race 2,415 1.75
White (Hispanic) 2,264 1.64

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

Meaning of PAYNE in historical publications

From the Latin Paganus, now out of use, meaning a man exempt from military service.

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

PAYNE. See under Pagan. One of the greatest colonies of the Paynes is at East Grinstead, co. Sussex, where for se

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 PAYNE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PAYNE.

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 PAYNE

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