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The PLAIN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,061 22612 0.000 4
United States (1880 census) 287 14749 0.001 6
Change since 1880 +774 -7863 -0.001 -2
Other Countries
Australia 197 7676 0.001 12
United Kingdom 277 13406 0.001 6
Top States for PLAIN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 105 18131 0.001 6
Louisiana 99 5322 0.002 22
Florida 97 17882 0.001 6
California 76 30038 0.000 2
Texas 65 21903 0.000 3
Top States for PLAIN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Louisiana 99 5322 0.002 22
Iowa 35 12885 0.001 12
Montana 9 15391 0.001 10
Kansas 19 16076 0.001 7
Mississippi 20 9575 0.001 7


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

Classification and Origin of PLAIN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Nickname

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

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 769 72.48
Black/African American 225 21.21
White (Hispanic) 43 4.05
Mixed Race 9 0.85
Asian/Pacific 8 0.75
Native American/Alaskan 7 0.66

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

Meaning of PLAIN in historical publications

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

Similar names to PLAIN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as PLAIN.

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 PLAIN

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