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Origin and Meaning of Amiss

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb A*miss"
Astray; faultily; improperly; wrongly; ill.

Etymology: Pref. a- + miss

adjective A*miss"
Wrong; faulty; out of order; improper; as, it may not be amiss to ask advice.

Note: Used only in the predicate

noun A*miss"
A fault, wrong, or mistake.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Not functioning properly ("something is amiss")
  2. In an imperfect or faulty way ("Miss Bennet would not play at all amiss if she practiced more")
  3. In an improper or mistaken or unfortunate manner ("if you think him guilty you judge amiss", "he spoke amiss", and "no one took it amiss when she spoke frankly")
  4. Away from the correct or expected course ("something went badly amiss in the preparations")

From a +‎ miss.

  1. (obsolete) Fault; wrong; an evil act, a bad deed.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Amiss

Dennis Amiss is a cricketer. Dennis was born on April 7th, 1943 in Harborne.


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Popularity of Amiss as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Amiss U.S.
  White 92.93% 64.26%
  African American 3.54% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.03% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Amiss

People with the last name Amiss are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Amiss

  • How Popular is the name Amiss? As a last name Amiss was the 92,719th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Amiss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Amiss is Thursday, June 30th, 1898.
  • How unique is the name Amiss? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Amiss. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Amiss: Your name in reverse order is Ssima. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Saims. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Amiss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 198 people with the last name Amiss.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Amiss? Amiss is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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