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The RING surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 19,222 1712 0.007 71
United States (1880 census) 4,236 1459 0.008 85
Change since 1880 +14986 -253 -0.001 -14
Other Countries
Australia 812 2002 0.005 50
United Kingdom 1,824 3185 0.004 40
Top States for RING by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,462 2774 0.004 43
Florida 1,135 2342 0.007 71
Ohio 1,073 1648 0.009 95
New York 863 2890 0.005 45
Massachusetts 857 1368 0.013 135
Top States for RING by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 407 825 0.032 319
New Hampshire 204 1241 0.017 165
Arkansas 408 1141 0.015 153
Minnesota 701 981 0.014 142
Massachusetts 857 1368 0.013 135


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

Classification and Origin of RING

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

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

Classification Total Percent
Mixed Race 302 1.57
White (Hispanic) 300 1.56
Asian/Pacific 190 0.99
Native American/Alaskan 136 0.71
White (Caucasian) 16,906 87.95
Black/African American 1,388 7.22

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

Meaning of RING in historical publications

(origin: Dutch. Local) A Canton; a district of an ecclesiastical congregation.

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

RING. Many old towns have, or have had, an open space or circus, where, in former times, bull-baiting, and such-like barbarous pastimes took place, and these are sometimes called Rings.

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 RING

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as RING.

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 RING

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