Amethyst

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Amethyst mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Amethyst

"Amethyst" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Purple Quartz Gemstone". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Am"e*thyst
Senses
  1. [Min] A variety of crystallized quartz, of a purple or bluish violet color, of different shades. It is much used as a jeweler's stone.
  2. [Her] A purple color in a nobleman's escutcheon, or coat of arms.

Etymology: F. ametiste amatiste, F. améthyste, L. amethystus, fr. Gr. � without drunkenness; as a noun, a remedy for drunkenness, the amethyst, supposed to have this power; 'a priv. + � to be drunken, � strong drink, wine. See Mead

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  1. A transparent purple variety of quartz; used as a gemstone
  2. Of a moderate purple color
Wiktionary

From the gemstone amethyst.

  1. A female given name
    The Australian rapper Iggy Azalea was born Amelia Kelly.

Amethyst was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Amethyst

Iggy Azalea is a hip hop music and electronic dance music musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2011. Iggy was given the name Amethyst Amelia Kelly on June 7th, 1990 in Sydney.

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Amethyst Bradley Ralani is a soccer player.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1967 5 5 0
1968 6 6 0
1969 5 5 0
1971 5 5 0
1973 10 10 0
1974 9 9 0
1975 17 17 0
1976 15 15 0
1977 15 15 0
1978 14 14 0
1979 15 15 0
1980 22 22 0
1981 21 21 0
1982 33 33 0
1983 18 18 0
1984 37 37 0
1985 32 32 0
1986 37 37 0
1987 30 30 0
1988 51 51 0
1989 64 64 0
1990 76 76 0
1991 76 76 0
1992 92 92 0
1993 88 88 0
1994 87 87 0
1995 88 88 0
1996 89 89 0
1997 103 103 0
1998 96 96 0
1999 102 102 0
2000 95 95 0
2001 95 95 0
2002 97 97 0
2003 104 104 0
2004 97 97 0
2005 77 77 0
2006 88 88 0
2007 70 70 0
2008 47 47 0
2009 62 62 0
2010 62 62 0
2011 62 62 0
2012 75 75 0
2013 55 55 0
2014 95 95 0
2015 125 125 0
2016 159 159 0

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Fun Facts about the name Amethyst

  • How Popular is the name Amethyst? Amethyst is the 5,342nd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Amethyst have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,823 babies born with the first name Amethyst in the United States. That's more than enough people named Amethyst to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Amethyst? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1967 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Amethyst first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Amethyst is Thursday, February 4th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Amethyst born? The highest recorded use of the first name Amethyst was in 2016 with a total of 159 babies.
  • Random Amethyst Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Amethyst is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Amethyst: Your name in reverse order is Tsyhtema. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Etysahtm. How do you pronounce that?

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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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