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The RAYNER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 3,748 8145 0.001 14
United States (1880 census) 809 6484 0.002 16
Change since 1880 +2939 -1661 -0.001 -2
Other Countries
Australia 3,140 490 0.019 192
United Kingdom 9,677 620 0.021 211
Top States for RAYNER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 364 7139 0.001 11
Mississippi 273 1444 0.010 96
Michigan 260 4397 0.003 26
Florida 259 7116 0.002 16
Ohio 185 6944 0.002 16
Top States for RAYNER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 273 1444 0.010 96
Vermont 20 4527 0.003 33
Rhode Island 30 5067 0.003 29
Maine 34 4807 0.003 27
Oklahoma 91 4596 0.003 26


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

Classification and Origin of RAYNER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

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

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 559 14.91
White (Hispanic) 61 1.63
Mixed Race 42 1.12
Asian/Pacific 14 0.37
Native American/Alaskan 14 0.37
White (Caucasian) 3,058 81.59

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

Meaning of RAYNER in historical publications

(origin: Danish.) Raner, a leader of the Danes, who invaded Britain; a pirate, a robber, a term given to a warrior.

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

RAYNER. An old personal name. RajTierus occurs as a Herefordshire tenant in capita in Domesday. Reyner and Fil' Reyner. H.R.

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 RAYNER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as RAYNER.

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 RAYNER

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