Gay Surname Popularity in the United States

In this article we'll look at the surname Gay and how popular it is in the United States. We'll also look at the race and ethnic origin of people in the United States who are named Gay.

Gay, like all of the 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 Gay surname is from the 2010 census data.

Where Does Gay Rank in the Most Common U.S. Names?

According to the data, Gay is ranked #1,094 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

The Gay surname appeared 32,025 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 10.86 would have the surname Gay.

We can also compare 2010 data for Gay 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 1094 974 11.61%
Count 32,025 32,672 -2.00%
Proportion per 100k 10.86 12.11 -10.88%

Race and Ethnic Origin of People with the Last Name Gay

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

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: "White only", "Black only", "American Indian and Alaskan Native only", "Asian and Pacific Islander only", "Two or More Races", and "Hispanic".

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

  • 70.72%, or 22,648 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic White Only".
  • 22.51%, or 7,209 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Black Only".
  • 1.84%, or 589 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only".
  • 0.73%, or 234 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native".
  • 1.87%, or 599 total occurrences, were "Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races".
  • 2.32%, or 743 total occurrences, were "Hispanic Origin".

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 Gay has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 70.72% 73.81% -4.28%
Black 22.51% 21.50% 4.59%
Asian and Pacific Islander 1.84% 0.65% 95.58%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.73% 0.74% -1.36%
Two or More Races 1.87% 1.46% 24.62%
Hispanic 2.32% 1.84% 23.08%

Data Source(s)

All of the data on this page is sourced from the Decennial Census survey, from the United States Census Bureau.

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