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Origin and Meaning of Agent

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  • A user from Indiana, United States says the name Agent is of French origin and means ""Watch keeper" or "policeman" dating back to the 14th century in France.".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective A"gent
Acting; -- opposed to patient, or sustaining, action.

Etymology: L. agens agentis, p. pr. of agere to act; akin to Gr. � to lead, Icel. aka to drive, Skr. aj. √2

noun A"gent
  1. One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor."Heaven made us agents, free to good or ill." [Dryden.]
  2. One who acts for, or in the place of, another, by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor.
  3. An active power or cause; that which has the power to produce an effect, such as a physical, chemical, or medicinal agent; as, heat is a powerful agent .
  4. [Biochem., Med] a chemical substance having biological effects; a drug.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The semantic role of the animate entity that instigates or causes the happening denoted by the verb in the clause
  2. An active and efficient cause; capable of producing a certain effect ("their research uncovered new disease agents")
  3. A businessman who buys or sells for another in exchange for a commission
  4. A representative who acts on behalf of other persons or organizations
  5. Any agent or representative of a federal agency or bureau
  6. A substance that exerts some force or effect

From Latin agēns, present active participle of agere (“to drive, lead, conduct, manage, perform, do”).

  1. One who exerts power, or has the power to act
  2. One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by authority from him/her; someone entrusted to do the business of another
  3. A person who looks for work for another person
  4. Someone who works for an intelligence agency
  5. An active power or cause or substance; something which has the power to produce an effect
  6. (computing) In the client-server model, the part of the system that performs information preparation and exchange on behalf of a client or server. Especially in the phrase “intelligent agent” it implies some kind of autonomous process which can communicate with other agents to perform some collective task on behalf of one or more humans.
  7. (grammar) The participant of a situation that carries out the action in this situation, e.g. "the boy" in the sentences "The boy kicked the ball" and "The ball was kicked by the boy".

agent was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Crimean Tatar, Dutch, French, Latin, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, and Swedish

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Agent

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Popularity of Agent as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Agent U.S.
  White 72.24% 64.26%
  African American 23.73% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.34% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.09% 16.26%

Of Last Name Agent

People with the last name Agent are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Agent

  • How Popular is the name Agent? Agent is the 84,169th most popular name of all time. As a last name Agent was the 33,941st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Agent have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Agent in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Agent? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2011 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Agent first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Agent is Monday, August 16th, 1915.
  • What year had the most people named Agent born? The highest recorded use of the first name Agent was in 2011 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Agent: Your name in reverse order is Tnega. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Neagt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Agent? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 670 people with the last name Agent.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Agent? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Agent as their last name since less than 1 person in 435k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
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