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The READER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 3,156 9455 0.001 12
United States (1880 census) 1,562 3706 0.003 31
Change since 1880 +1594 -5749 -0.002 -19
Other Countries
Australia 343 4607 0.002 21
United Kingdom 3,392 1839 0.007 74
Top States for READER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 305 8914 0.001 9
Illinois 237 5641 0.002 19
Florida 208 9199 0.001 13
Pennsylvania 204 7581 0.002 17
Wisconsin 170 4816 0.003 32
Top States for READER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 52 2737 0.007 66
Idaho 66 2865 0.005 51
Alaska 21 4552 0.003 33
Wisconsin 170 4816 0.003 32
Vermont 17 5544 0.003 28


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

Classification and Origin of READER

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 READER 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 READER 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 READER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 226 7.16
Mixed Race 40 1.27
White (Hispanic) 39 1.24
Asian/Pacific 16 0.51
Native American/Alaskan 6 0.19
White (Caucasian) 2,829 89.64

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

Meaning of READER in historical publications

READER. In tlie archives of Norwich, reders aud tylers occur in juxta-position ; wherefore it is probable that the employment of the reder was that of thatching buildings with reeds. H.R. Le Reder, Le Redere.

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 READER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as READER.

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 READER

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