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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Alaska mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Alaska

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  • A submission from Idaho, United States says the name Alaska means "That which breaks against the shore, the mainland, great land Also: The name "Alaska" was introduced in the Russian colonial period when it was used to refer to the peninsula. It was derived from an Aleut, or Unangam (the indigenous people of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska) idiom, which symbolically refers to the mainland or shore of Alaska. Figuratively, it means object to which the action of the sea is directed. It is also known as Alyeska, the "great land", an Aleut word derived from the same root." and is of Unknown origin.

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  1. A state in northwestern North America; the 49th state admitted to the union ("Alaska is the largest state in the United States")
Wiktionary

From Aleut alaxsxaq (“that toward which the action of the sea is directed”).

  1. The 49th state of the United States of America. Postal code: AK, capital: Juneau, largest city: Anchorage.
  2. A short form of baked Alaska. (Also written alaska.)

Alaska was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, Faroese, German, Icelandic, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Alaska

Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 is a drag performer, recording artist, and actor. Alaska was given the name Justin Andrew Honard on March 6th, 1985 in Erie, Pennsylvania. Alaska is also known as Alaska, Alaska Thunderfuck, and Alaska 5000.

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Alaska is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, disc jockey, and businesswoman. She was most active from 1977 to present. Alaska was given the name Olvido Gara Jova on June 13th, 1963 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Alaska was born on July 24th, 1983.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Alaska

Alaska is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, disc jockey, and businesswoman. She was most active from 1977 to present. Alaska was given the name Olvido Gara Jova on June 13th, 1963 in Mexico City, Mexico.

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Herman of Alaska was a saint. He holds the title Venerable and Wonderworker. Herman was born in 1750 in Serpukhov or Voronezh Governorate, Russia. He breathed his last breath on November 15th, 1836.

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Saint Innocent of Alaska was a saint. He holds the title Enlightener of Alaska and Siberia. Saint was born in 1797 in Anginskoye, Irkutsk Oblast. He died on April 12th, 1879.

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Jonas Alaska is a pop music singer-songwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 2010. Jonas was given the name Jonas Aslaksen on April 3rd, 1988 in ├ůmli. Jonas is also known as Jonas Aslaksen.

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He holds the title Protomartyr of America. Saint was born in 1761 in Ekaterinburg, Russia. He passed away in 1796.

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How popular is the baby name Alaska in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 5 5 0
1989 6 6 0
1990 5 5 0
1991 5 5 0
1992 6 6 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 10 10 0
1996 9 9 0
1997 12 12 0
1998 12 12 0
1999 10 10 0
2000 19 19 0
2001 16 16 0
2002 18 18 0
2003 16 16 0
2004 11 11 0
2005 24 24 0
2006 18 18 0
2007 18 18 0
2008 27 27 0
2009 20 20 0
2010 23 23 0
2011 25 25 0
2012 39 39 0
2013 40 40 0
2014 48 48 0
2015 61 61 0
2016 51 51 0
2017 77 77 0

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Popularity of Alaska as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Alaska

  • How Popular is the name Alaska? Alaska is the 13,990th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Alaska have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 639 babies born with the first name Alaska in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alaska to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alaska? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Alaska first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alaska is Tuesday, December 19th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Alaska born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alaska was in 2017 with a total of 77 babies.
  • Random Alaska Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alaska is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Alaska: Your name in reverse order is Aksala. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aaaslk. 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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