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Amber

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370k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Amber

"Amber" is a name of English origin, and it means "Precious stone". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Am"ber
Senses
  1. [Min] A yellowish translucent resin resembling copal, found as a fossil in alluvial soils, with beds of lignite, or on the seashore in many places. It takes a fine polish, and is used for pipe mouthpieces, beads, etc., and as a basis for a fine varnish. By friction, it becomes strongly electric.
  2. Amber color, or anything amber-colored; a clear light yellow; as, the amber of the sky.
  3. Ambergris.(Obs)"You that smell of amber at my charge." [Beau. & Fl.]
  4. The balsam, liquidambar.

Note: Amber is classified as a fossil resin, being typically of ancient origin, having solidified from the exudates of certain trees millions of years ago. Many pieces are found with insects embedded, the insects having been trapped by the resin while they were alive. The insects are often very well preserved, due to the antimicrobial action of components of the amber. It typically contains from 5 to 8 percent of succinic acid. "Baltic amber" has been mined for centuries in the region of Poland formerly called East Prussia, and is the variety used in most jewelry made in Poland and Russia. The Baltic strata containing amber extend under the sea, and amber beads may be found there deposited by waves along the shore. Amber was known to the ancient Greeks. The name "electron" comes from the Latin word for amber, electrum, derived from the Greek word, 'h`lektronsee electric), due to the electric charge that amber takes when rubbed, as with cat fur. Although at one time used in fine varnishes, it no longer has any commercial value for that purpose, being used mostly in jewelry. Significant deposits are also found in the Carribean region, and smaller amounts in various other places. The notion, that DNA sufficiently intact to recreate extinct animals might be extracted from amber, was the basis for Michael Crichton's novel "Jurassic Park", but has as yet (1997) not been demonstrated to be possible.

Etymology: OE. aumbre, F. ambre, Sp. ámbar, and with the Ar. article, alámbar, fr. Ar. 'anbar ambergris

adjective Am"ber
Senses
  1. Consisting of amber; made of amber." Amberbracelets." [Shak.]
  2. Resembling amber, especially in color; amber-colored."The ambermorn." [Tennyson.]
verb Am"ber
Senses
  1. To scent or flavor with ambergris; as, ambered wine.
  2. To preserve in amber; as, an ambered fly.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A deep yellow color ("an amber light illuminated the room")
  2. A hard yellowish to brownish translucent fossil resin; used for jewelry
  3. Of a medium to dark brownish yellow color
Wiktionary

From amber, from Middle English ambre, from Old French ambre, from Latin ambar, from Arabic عَنْبَر (ʿanbar, “amber”)

  1. A female given name, popular in the 1980s and the 1990s.
  2. A surname​ of uncertain origin.

From a form of the Hindi आसमान (āsmān, “the heavens”).

  1. A female given name.
  2. A ruined city in Rajasthan, India.

From a pre-Celtic word.

  1. a river in Derbyshire, England, which joins the River Derwent at Ambergate.

    Amber was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

    Notable Persons Named Amber

    Amber Heard is an actor and actress. She was most active from 2004 to present. Amber was given the name Amber Laura Heard on April 22nd, 1986 in Austin, Texas.

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    Amber was given the name Amber Levonchuck on October 21st, 1983 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.

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    Amber Tamblyn is an actress author and director. She was most active from 1995 to present. Amber was given the name Amber Rose Tamblyn on May 14th, 1983 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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    Amber was given the name Amber Rene Hagerman by their parent Donna Norris on November 25th, 1986 in Arlington, Texas, US. They passed away on January 17th, 1996.

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    Amber Liu is a rapper, singing, songwriter, and singer. Amber was given the name Amber Josephine Liu on September 18th, 1992 in Los Angeles.

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    Amber was born on September 19th, 1984 in Detroit.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Amber

    Britney was born on November 10th, 1986 in Banning, California, U.S.

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    Amber is a eurodance, house music, contemporary r&b, and pop rock singer-songwriter and record producer. She was most active from 1990 to present. Amber was given the name Marie-Claire Cremers on September 17th, 1969 in Ubbergen.

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    David was born in Toronto.

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    Jagat was born in 1786. He passed away on November 21st, 1818.

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    Matan Amber is a sports team member for the Hapoel Rishon LeZion F.C.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 9 9 0
    1881 5 5 0
    1884 6 6 0
    1887 9 9 0
    1888 9 9 0
    1889 8 8 0
    1890 10 10 0
    1891 10 10 0
    1892 10 10 0
    1893 15 15 0
    1894 12 12 0
    1895 16 16 0
    1896 17 17 0
    1897 15 15 0
    1898 15 15 0
    1899 11 11 0
    1900 15 15 0
    1901 13 13 0
    1902 9 9 0
    1903 7 7 0
    1904 29 29 0
    1905 18 18 0
    1906 16 16 0
    1907 24 24 0
    1908 20 20 0
    1909 19 19 0
    1910 28 28 0
    1911 14 14 0
    1912 19 19 0
    1913 35 35 0
    1914 38 38 0
    1915 39 39 0
    1916 52 52 0
    1917 40 40 0
    1918 29 29 0
    1919 33 33 0
    1920 28 28 0
    1921 38 38 0
    1922 34 34 0
    1923 24 24 0
    1924 28 28 0
    1925 35 35 0
    1926 29 29 0
    1927 26 26 0
    1928 37 37 0
    1929 25 25 0
    1930 21 21 0
    1931 23 23 0
    1932 15 15 0
    1933 11 11 0
    1934 28 28 0
    1935 20 20 0
    1936 22 22 0
    1937 12 12 0
    1938 21 21 0
    1939 19 19 0
    1940 20 20 0
    1941 20 20 0
    1942 19 19 0
    1943 22 22 0
    1944 25 25 0
    1945 65 65 0
    1946 98 98 0
    1947 87 87 0
    1948 89 89 0
    1949 93 93 0
    1950 87 87 0
    1951 97 97 0
    1952 108 108 0
    1953 99 99 0
    1954 107 107 0
    1955 129 129 0
    1956 122 122 0
    1957 137 137 0
    1958 163 163 0
    1959 208 208 0
    1960 282 282 0
    1961 340 335 5
    1962 376 376 0
    1963 402 402 0
    1964 479 479 0
    1965 526 526 0
    1966 529 529 0
    1967 628 628 0
    1968 887 887 0
    1969 1,027 1,027 0
    1970 1,290 1,290 0
    1971 1,729 1,721 8
    1972 1,823 1,813 10
    1973 2,190 2,182 8
    1974 3,285 3,273 12 #92 girl name
    1975 4,700 4,681 19 #59 girl name
    1976 5,662 5,649 13 #49 girl name
    1977 7,233 7,207 26 #33 girl name
    1978 8,207 8,174 33 #30 girl name
    1979 11,108 11,080 28 #22 girl name
    1980 12,600 12,555 45 #22 girl name
    1981 13,868 13,813 55 #20 girl name
    1982 14,727 14,677 50 #18 girl name
    1983 14,937 14,888 49 #17 girl name
    1984 15,416 15,366 50 #18 girl name
    1985 15,551 15,505 46 #16 girl name
    1986 17,003 16,949 54 #13 girl name
    1987 16,803 16,748 55 #15 girl name
    1988 16,740 16,678 62 #15 girl name
    1989 16,820 16,758 62 #14 girl name
    1990 15,905 15,862 43 #15 girl name
    1991 15,024 14,993 31 #16 girl name
    1992 13,937 13,913 24 #19 girl name
    1993 14,090 14,064 26 #17 girl name
    1994 12,365 12,345 20 #21 girl name
    1995 10,983 10,962 21 #22 girl name
    1996 9,790 9,771 19 #27 girl name
    1997 8,928 8,912 16 #29 girl name
    1998 7,939 7,929 10 #37 girl name
    1999 6,851 6,840 11 #41 girl name
    2000 6,191 6,181 10 #47 girl name
    2001 5,578 5,572 6 #51 girl name
    2002 4,728 4,723 5 #65 girl name
    2003 4,127 4,121 6 #74 girl name
    2004 3,656 3,635 21 #88 girl name
    2005 3,149 3,139 10
    2006 2,592 2,586 6
    2007 2,404 2,404 0
    2008 2,059 2,059 0
    2009 1,773 1,767 6
    2010 1,411 1,411 0
    2011 1,233 1,233 0
    2012 1,231 1,231 0
    2013 1,110 1,110 0
    2014 1,059 1,059 0
    2015 973 973 0
    2016 865 865 0

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    Popularity of Amber as a first name

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    Popularity of Amber as a last name

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    Common last names for Amber

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    • Wilson
    • Martin
    • Stewart
    • Thomas
    • Jackson
    • Olson
    • Thompson

    Common first names for Amber

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Amber U.S.
      White 82.78% 64.26%
      African American 8.68% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.46% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.91% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Amber

    People with the last name Amber are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Amber

    • How Popular is the name Amber? Amber is the 183rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Amber was the 33,121st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Amber have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 370,084 babies born with the first name Amber in the United States. That's more than enough people named Amber to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Amber? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
    • When was Amber first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Amber is Wednesday, September 9th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Amber born? The highest recorded use of the first name Amber was in 1986 with a total of 16,949 babies. That's a lot of babies named Amber!
    • Random Amber Factoid: According to the 1976 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Amber ranks 15th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Utah. Imagine that, 171 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1976.
    • Weird things about the name Amber: Your name in reverse order is Rebma. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aerbm. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Amber? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 691 people with the last name Amber.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Amber? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Amber 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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    • 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).
    • 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).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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