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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Alto

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  • According to a user from Missouri, United States, the name Alto is of Unknown origin and means "Goddess of Iradia".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Al"to
Senses
  1. [Mus] Formerly the part sung by the highest male, or counter-tenor, voices; now the part sung by the lowest female, or contralto, voices, between in tenor and soprano. In instrumental music it now signifies the tenor.
  2. An alto singer.

Etymology: It. alto high, fr. L. altus. Cf. Alt

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The pitch range of the lowest female voice
  2. (of a musical instrument) the second highest instrument in a family of musical instruments
  3. The highest adult male singing voice
  4. The lowest female singing voice
  5. A singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
  6. (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group ("alto clarinet or recorder")
  7. Of or being the highest male voice; having a range above that of tenor
  8. Of or being the lowest female voice

Notable Persons Named Alto

Alto was born in Detroit.

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Alto Linus is a soccer player for the Sabah United FC, T–Team F.C., and Malaysia national football team. Alto was born on September 25th, 1986 in Keningau.

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Alto L. Adams was a Chief Justice for the and Supreme Court of Florida. Alto was born on January 31st, 1899 in Walton County, Florida. He passed away on February 20th, 1988.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Alto

Jesse was born on January 1st, 1927. He passed away on May 3rd, 1998.

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Bobby Alto was an actor. He was most prominent from 1968 to 2006. Bobby was given the name Robert Altomare on October 30th, 1938 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on April 28th, 2012.

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Eustace was born in 1027 in Monthault, Ille-et-Vilaine, Bretagne, France. They passed away in 1112.

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Hugh was born in 1050. They passed away in 1130.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 5 0 5
1886 6 0 6
1887 5 0 5
1889 6 0 6
1890 7 0 7
1892 6 0 6
1894 5 0 5
1895 8 0 8
1897 8 0 8
1899 6 0 6
1900 5 0 5
1904 6 0 6
1911 12 5 7
1912 13 0 13
1913 12 5 7
1914 16 0 16
1915 18 0 18
1916 17 0 17
1917 21 5 16
1918 16 0 16
1919 20 0 20
1920 16 0 16
1921 15 0 15
1922 12 0 12
1923 15 0 15
1924 21 10 11
1925 15 0 15
1926 19 6 13
1927 14 0 14
1928 8 0 8
1929 10 0 10
1930 10 0 10
1931 7 0 7
1932 8 0 8
1933 8 0 8
1934 10 0 10
1935 11 0 11
1936 6 0 6
1937 6 0 6
1938 6 0 6
1939 5 0 5
1940 11 0 11
1942 8 0 8
1943 8 0 8
1945 8 0 8
1946 5 0 5
1948 5 0 5
1949 10 0 10
1950 6 0 6
1951 9 0 9
1952 6 0 6
1953 6 0 6
1955 7 0 7
1956 8 0 8
1957 8 0 8
1958 6 0 6
1960 5 0 5
1962 6 0 6
1963 6 0 6
1970 7 0 7
1976 6 0 6
1981 6 0 6
1991 5 0 5

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Popularity of Alto as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Alto U.S.
  White 67.07% 64.26%
  African American 1.80% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.33% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 6.61% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.85% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 13.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Alto

People with the last name Alto are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Alto

  • How Popular is the name Alto? Alto is the 14,682nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Alto was the 28,650th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Alto have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 592 babies born with the first name Alto in the United States. That's more than enough people named Alto to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Alto? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Alto first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Alto is Saturday, January 25th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Alto born? The highest recorded use of the first name Alto was in 1919 with a total of 20 babies.
  • Random Alto Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Alto is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Alto: Your name in reverse order is Otla. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otal. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Alto? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 832 people with the last name Alto.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Alto? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Alto as their last name since less than 1 person in 357k 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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