Dumas last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Dumas is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Dumas.

Meaning of Dumas

French surname derived from "du mas," meaning "of the farm," referring to someone who lived on or owned a farm.

Dumas, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Dumas surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Dumas in America

Dumas is the 2076th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Dumas surname appeared 17,442 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 people would have the surname Dumas.

We can also compare 2010 data for Dumas to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 2076 1997 3.88%
Count 17,442 16,660 4.59%
Proportion per 100k 5.91 6.18 -4.47%

The history of the last name Dumas

The surname Dumas originates from France and has its roots in the Old French term "dumas," which means "hillock" or "small hill." This name likely emerged in the medieval period, possibly as a descriptive name referring to someone who lived near a small hill or mound.

The earliest recorded instances of the Dumas surname date back to the 13th century in various regions of France, including Normandy, Burgundy, and Provence. It is believed that the name may have derived from place names with similar spellings, such as Dumatz or Dumat.

In the 14th century, the name appears in historical records, including the tax rolls of the Dauphiné region in southeastern France. The Dumas family was also present in the Domesday Book, a renowned medieval census conducted in England in 1086, suggesting their presence in the region during that time.

One of the earliest and most notable individuals with the Dumas surname was Jean Dumas, a French Protestant theologian who lived from 1515 to 1572. He was a prominent figure during the Protestant Reformation and served as a minister in Geneva, Switzerland.

Another famous bearer of the Dumas name was Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), a celebrated French writer and playwright known for his historical novels, including "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo." His father, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (1762-1806), was a renowned general in the French Revolutionary Wars.

In the 19th century, Jean-Baptiste Dumas (1800-1884) was a prominent French chemist and politician. He made significant contributions to organic chemistry and served as a member of the French Academy of Sciences.

Adelaïde Edmonde Dumas (1854-1945), better known as Edmonde Dumas, was a French feminist and author who advocated for women's rights and social reforms in the early 20th century.

Another notable figure with the Dumas surname was Georges Dumas (1866-1946), a French philosopher and sociologist who made contributions to the study of social psychology and the philosophy of education.

Throughout history, the Dumas surname has been associated with individuals from various fields, including literature, science, politics, and philosophy, reflecting the diverse backgrounds and accomplishments of those who bear this name.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Dumas

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Dumas.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Dumas was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 54.53% 9,511
Non-Hispanic Black Only 37.63% 6,563
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.77% 134
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.33% 58
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 2.53% 441
Hispanic Origin 4.21% 734

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Dumas has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 54.53% 56.38% -3.34%
Black 37.63% 37.55% 0.21%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.77% 0.55% 33.33%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.33% 0.36% -8.70%
Two or More Races 2.53% 1.98% 24.39%
Hispanic 4.21% 3.18% 27.88%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Dumas was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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