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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun A*ca"ci*a
A roll or bag, filled with dust, borne by Byzantine emperors, as a memento of mortality. It is represented on medals.
noun A*ca"cia
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  1. A genus of leguminous trees and shrubs. Nearly 300 species are Australian or Polynesian, and have terete or vertically compressed leaf stalks, instead of the bipinnate leaves of the much fewer species of America, Africa, etc. Very few are found in temperate climates.
  2. [Med] The inspissated juice of several species of acacia; -- called also gum acacia, and gum arabic.

Etymology: L. from Gr. �; orig. the name of a thorny tree found in Egypt; prob. fr. the root ak to be sharp. See Acute

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  1. Any of various spiny trees or shrubs of the genus Acacia
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek ἀκακία (akakía, “shittah tree”), from ἀκή (akḗ, “point”), probably from Egyptian.

  1. (sensu stricto) A taxonomic genus within the family Leguminosae – mostly thornless Australasian shrubs and trees. [2000-]
  2. (sensu lato, superseded) A genus that included all the genera now included in tribe Acacieae.
  3. An epithet in a botanical name at the rank between species and genus, a name which applies to a section of the genus Acacia.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1971 16 16 0
1972 7 7 0
1973 15 15 0
1974 14 14 0
1975 16 16 0
1976 26 26 0
1977 13 13 0
1978 20 20 0
1979 33 33 0
1980 32 32 0
1981 35 35 0
1982 34 34 0
1983 26 26 0
1984 57 57 0
1985 51 51 0
1986 62 62 0
1987 68 68 0
1988 65 65 0
1989 83 83 0
1990 85 85 0
1991 91 91 0
1992 114 114 0
1993 114 114 0
1994 124 124 0
1995 106 106 0
1996 121 121 0
1997 128 128 0
1998 135 135 0
1999 132 132 0
2000 138 138 0
2001 124 124 0
2002 143 143 0
2003 123 123 0
2004 122 122 0
2005 90 90 0
2006 118 118 0
2007 101 101 0
2008 127 127 0
2009 107 107 0
2010 88 88 0
2011 99 99 0
2012 77 77 0
2013 80 80 0
2014 91 91 0
2015 103 103 0
2016 87 87 0
2017 89 89 0

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Fun Facts about the name Acacia

  • How Popular is the name Acacia? Acacia is the 4,560th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Acacia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,730 babies born with the first name Acacia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Acacia to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Acacia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 16 new born babies.
  • When was Acacia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Acacia is Wednesday, April 24th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Acacia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Acacia was in 2002 with a total of 143 babies.
  • Random Acacia Factoid: According to the 1991 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Acacia is not a popular baby girl's name in Ohio. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Ohio have the same name as you in 1991.
  • Weird things about the name Acacia: Your name in reverse order is Aicaca. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Caaica. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.