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Alpha

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 32 26 6
1881 36 27 9
1882 43 29 14
1883 43 32 11
1884 39 27 12
1885 47 35 12
1886 46 38 8
1887 47 42 5
1888 53 47 6
1889 65 58 7
1890 65 57 8
1891 66 59 7
1892 69 59 10
1893 62 62 0
1894 81 72 9
1895 75 75 0
1896 88 82 6
1897 86 75 11
1898 81 75 6
1899 94 88 6
1900 84 78 6
1901 83 71 12
1902 95 81 14
1903 85 85 0
1904 102 97 5
1905 78 73 5
1906 81 74 7
1907 97 87 10
1908 105 96 9
1909 86 86 0
1910 100 94 6
1911 119 110 9
1912 131 111 20
1913 173 148 25
1914 158 135 23
1915 212 182 30
1916 228 198 30
1917 230 191 39
1918 203 179 24
1919 216 189 27
1920 211 188 23
1921 209 179 30
1922 207 166 41
1923 187 161 26
1924 177 146 31
1925 168 143 25
1926 146 126 20
1927 189 159 30
1928 141 125 16
1929 115 100 15
1930 106 84 22
1931 124 101 23
1932 119 91 28
1933 106 88 18
1934 115 99 16
1935 111 91 20
1936 87 73 14
1937 93 77 16
1938 89 71 18
1939 71 61 10
1940 89 72 17
1941 67 52 15
1942 65 65 0
1943 62 51 11
1944 72 65 7
1945 54 43 11
1946 75 59 16
1947 66 53 13
1948 63 47 16
1949 52 33 19
1950 59 42 17
1951 48 35 13
1952 47 31 16
1953 34 23 11
1954 35 21 14
1955 29 21 8
1956 41 31 10
1957 35 20 15
1958 30 23 7
1959 39 29 10
1960 26 17 9
1961 33 21 12
1962 28 18 10
1963 30 22 8
1964 24 10 14
1965 28 20 8
1966 23 11 12
1967 17 8 9
1968 12 12 0
1969 21 11 10
1970 24 17 7
1971 27 17 10
1972 24 10 14
1973 27 15 12
1974 25 12 13
1975 22 11 11
1976 23 14 9
1977 19 12 7
1978 28 13 15
1979 27 12 15
1980 19 12 7
1981 22 11 11
1982 18 5 13
1983 24 10 14
1984 17 6 11
1985 18 10 8
1986 16 9 7
1987 11 6 5
1988 9 9 0
1989 24 12 12
1990 14 7 7
1991 10 0 10
1992 7 0 7
1993 16 0 16
1994 13 0 13
1995 19 5 14
1996 49 34 15
1997 39 22 17
1998 39 19 20
1999 41 8 33
2000 48 13 35
2001 49 10 39
2002 38 0 38
2003 46 6 40
2004 38 6 32
2005 50 9 41
2006 57 6 51
2007 53 7 46
2008 50 0 50
2009 50 0 50
2010 44 0 44
2011 40 7 33
2012 38 0 38
2013 46 5 41
2014 43 0 43
2015 42 0 42

Fun Facts about the name Alpha

  • How many people with the first name Alpha have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 9,362 babies born with the first name Alpha in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alpha to occupy the country of Saint Barth with an estimated population of 8,902 (as of January 1, 2009).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alpha? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 32 new born babies.
  • When was Alpha first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alpha is Sunday, November 3rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Alpha born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alpha was in 1916 with a total of 198 babies.
  • Random Alpha Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alpha is not a popular baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Alpha: Your name in reverse order is Ahpla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Plhaa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Alpha? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 437 people with the last name Alpha.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Alpha? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Alpha as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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Popularity of Alpha as a first name

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Popularity of Alpha as a last name

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Common last names for Alpha

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • White
  • Lewis
  • Baker
  • Anderson
  • Nelson
  • Wright

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Alpha U.S.
  White 75.29% 64.26%
  African American 20.82% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.14% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Alpha

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Alpha" mean? The list below shows the origins of Alpha as well as things modernly associated with the name Alpha such as celebrities named Alpha.

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Origin and Meaning of Alpha

The name "Alpha" is of Greek origin, and it means "The Greek Letter". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Al"pha
The first letter in the Greek alphabet, answering to A, and hence used to denote the beginning.

Note: Formerly used also denote the chief; as, Plato was the alpha of the wits.

Note: ☞ In cataloguing stars, the brightest star of a constellation in designated by Alpha (α); as, α Lyræ.

Etymology: L. alpha, Gr. 'a`lfa, from Heb. āleph, name of the first letter in the alphabet, also meaning ox

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The 1st letter of the Greek alphabet
  2. The beginning of a series or sequence ("the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end")
  3. Early testing stage of a software or hardware product ("alpha version")
  4. First in order of importance ("the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees" and "the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star")
  1. A placename
    1. A ghost town in California, USA
    2. A village in Illinois, USA
    3. A village in Michigan, USA
    4. A city/village in Minnesota, USA
    5. A borough in New Jersey, USA
    6. A town in Queensland, Australia.
    7. (obsolete) Former name for the International Space Station

Alpha was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and German

Notable Persons With the Name Alpha

Black M

Black M is a hip hop music, rhythm, and blues musician. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. Black was given the name Alpha Diallo on December 27th, 1984 in Paris.

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Alpha Blondy

Alpha Blondy is a reggae musician. He has been prominent since 1981. Alpha was given the name Seydou Koné on January 1st, 1953 in Dimbokro.

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Alpha Female

Alpha Female is a noteworthy individual. Alpha was born on June 4th, 1982 in Berlin.

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Alpha Condé

Alpha Condé is a President of Guinea and List of heads of state of Guinea. Alpha was born on March 4th, 1938 in Boké.

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Rex Humbard

Rex Humbard was a cleric. Rex was given the name Alpha Rex Emmanuel Humbard on August 13th, 1919 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He died on September 21st, 2007.

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Honey Mahogany

Honey Mahogany is a drag performer, social worker, and drag (clothing). Honey was given the name Alpha Mulugeta in San Francisco, California. Honey is also known as Alpha Mulugeta.

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  • Alpha Oumar Konaré
    (Chairman of the Commission of the African Union)
  • Alpha Yaya Diallo
    (musician)
  • Alpha L. Bowser
    (famous person)
  • Alpha Jamison
    (notable person)
  • Alpha Rwirangira
    (musician)
  • Alpha Brummage
    (notable individual)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Alpha

Alpha

Alpha is a comics character.

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Jenny Alpha

Jenny Alpha was an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1963 to 2008. Jenny was born on April 22nd, 1910 in Fort-de-France, Martinique. Jenny is also known as Jenny Alpha-Villard. She passed away on September 8th, 2010.

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Eli Alpha

Eli Alpha is a leading human.

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Government Alpha

Government Alpha is a noise music musician. Their ongoing career started in 1992. Government is also known as Carbonic Acid.

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Ansumana Alpha

Ansumana Alpha is an athlete for the Bo Rangers F.C.

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What does the name Alpha mean?

Ais for appreciative, of all you have

Lis for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Pis for pastimes, for you have many.

His for humble, a saintly quality.

Ais for accountable, someone to be counted on

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