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The RICE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 146,440 169 0.054 543
United States (1880 census) 46,047 90 0.092 921
Change since 1880 +100393 -79 -0.038 -378
Other Countries
Australia 3,269 469 0.020 200
United Kingdom 14,370 413 0.031 313
Top States for RICE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 10,059 285 0.030 297
Texas 8,574 279 0.041 411
Ohio 8,334 98 0.073 734
Florida 7,213 234 0.045 451
Pennsylvania 6,690 125 0.054 545
Top States for RICE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Kentucky 4,725 78 0.117 1,169
South Carolina 4,233 113 0.106 1,055
Alabama 4,280 134 0.096 962
Vermont 565 81 0.093 928
Maine 1,169 151 0.092 917


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

Classification and Origin of RICE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

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

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 952 0.65
Asian/Pacific 586 0.4
White (Caucasian) 116,639 79.65
Black/African American 23,811 16.26
Mixed Race 2,211 1.51
White (Hispanic) 2,226 1.52

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

Meaning of RICE in historical publications

Another form of Rys, Welsh, to rush, a rushing; figuratively, a hero, a brave, impetuous man. The same as Rees.

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


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 RICE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as RICE.

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 RICE

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