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The PIERCE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 136,517 186 0.051 506
United States (1880 census) 36,932 131 0.074 739
Change since 1880 +99585 -55 -0.023 -233
Other Countries
Australia 1,233 1342 0.008 75
United Kingdom 4,888 1284 0.011 106
Top States for PIERCE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 10,745 214 0.052 515
California 9,276 338 0.027 274
Florida 6,875 257 0.043 430
North Carolina 5,816 158 0.072 723
Ohio 5,803 183 0.051 511
Top States for PIERCE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 1,517 100 0.119 1,190
Mississippi 2,669 132 0.094 938
Delaware 728 114 0.093 929
Oklahoma 3,194 100 0.093 926
Alabama 3,964 153 0.089 891


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

Classification and Origin of PIERCE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 546 0.4
White (Caucasian) 112,927 82.72
Black/African American 17,242 12.63
Mixed Race 2,198 1.61
White (Hispanic) 2,239 1.64
Native American/Alaskan 1,379 1.01

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

Meaning of PIERCE in historical publications

PIERS. PIERCE. Fr. Pierre, Peter.

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 PIERCE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PIERCE.

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 PIERCE

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