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  1. A town in southwest Georgia; processing center for peanuts and pecans
  2. State capital of New York; located in eastern New York State on the west bank of the Hudson river

Middle English from Medieval Latin Albania (“Scotland”), from Scottish Gaelic Alba (“Scotland”), from Old Irish Albu (“Britain, Scotland”), from Proto-Celtic *albiyos (“world”, literally “white (place)”) (compare Old Welsh elbid (“world”)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂elbʰos (“white”), possibly in reference to the White Cliffs of Dover.

  1. (archaic) Scotland north of the River Forth

From Middle English Albany ("Scotland"), a Scottish duchy created in 1398 and bestowed upon younger sons of the King of Scots which became a British title upon the 1707 Act of Union

  1. (historical) A prominent duchy bestowed upon younger sons of the royal family, belonging first to the Scottish peerage and then (after the 1707 Act of Union) to the British. It is currently suspended.

Named in honor of the crown prince James, Duke of Albany and York

  1. The capital city of the state of New York in the United States of America.
  2. A major river of Ontario in Canada
  3. A Hudson's Bay Company trading post in Ontario and the community that remains at its site

Named in honor of Albany, the capital city of New York state

  1. A sizable city in Georgia in the United States (76,939 during the 2000 census)
  2. (historical) A former district in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
  3. Numerous minor American communities and towns

Named in honor of Prince Frederick, duke of Albany and York, the second son of King George III of Britain

  1. a city in Western Australia

Named in honor of Prince Leopold, duke of Albany and son of Queen Victoria of Britain

  1. a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand

    Albany was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Albany

    She holds the title Miss World Venezuela 1987 and Miss Venezuela 1987. Albany was given the name Albany Josefina Lozada Jiménez on July 5th, 1965 in Caracas.


    Albany was born on December 24th, 1806. He died in 1873.


    Albany was given the name Albany M. Robichaud on July 22nd, 1903 in Shippagan. He died on October 27th, 1974.


    Albany was born on November 6th, 1879. He passed away on February 18th, 1966.


    Albany was born on February 5th, 1854. He died on September 12th, 1914.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Albany

    Joe Albany was a jazz musician. Joe was given the name Joseph Albani on January 24th, 1924 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. He passed away on January 12th, 1988.


    Fernande Albany was an actress. Fernande was given the name Fernande Françoise Raoult on December 22nd, 1889. She passed away on November 25th, 1966.


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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1926 5 0 5
    1985 8 8 0
    1986 8 8 0
    1987 13 13 0
    1988 16 16 0
    1990 15 15 0
    1991 19 19 0
    1992 11 11 0
    1993 16 16 0
    1994 15 15 0
    1995 17 17 0
    1996 9 9 0
    1997 23 23 0
    1998 29 29 0
    1999 22 22 0
    2000 24 24 0
    2001 21 21 0
    2002 26 26 0
    2003 18 18 0
    2004 17 17 0
    2005 19 19 0
    2006 26 26 0
    2007 30 30 0
    2008 26 26 0
    2009 23 23 0
    2010 25 25 0
    2011 24 24 0
    2012 17 17 0
    2013 19 19 0
    2014 28 28 0
    2015 22 22 0
    2016 20 20 0
    2017 25 25 0

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    Popularity of Albany as a first name

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    Popularity of Albany as a last name

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    Common first names for Albany

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Albany U.S.
      White 54.23% 64.26%
      African American 33.68% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 5.01% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.38% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 5.70% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Albany

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Albany

    • How Popular is the name Albany? Albany is the 14,034th most popular name of all time. As a last name Albany was the 38,265th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Albany have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 636 babies born with the first name Albany in the United States. That's more than enough people named Albany 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 Albany? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1926 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Albany first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Albany is Saturday, July 17th, 1880.
    • What year had the most people named Albany born? The highest recorded use of the first name Albany was in 2007 with a total of 30 babies.
    • Random Albany Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Albany is not a popular baby girl's name in Indiana. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 2014.
    • Weird things about the name Albany: Your name in reverse order is Ynabla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Abnayl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Albany? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 579 people with the last name Albany.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Albany? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Albany as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • 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).
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