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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ar"bor
A kind of latticework formed of, or covered with, vines, branches of trees, or other plants, for shade; a bower.

Etymology: OE. herber herbere, properly a garden of herbs, F. herbier, fr. L. herbarium. See Herb, and cf. Herbarium

noun Ar"bor
  1. [Bot] A tree, as distinguished from a shrub.
  2. Etymology: Cf. F. arbre

    1. An axle or spindle of a wheel or opinion.
    2. A mandrel in lathe turning.

Etymology: L., a tree, a beam

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  1. A framework that supports climbing plants ("the arbor provided a shady resting place in the park")
  2. Any of various rotating shafts that serve as axes for larger rotating parts
  3. Tree (as opposed to shrub)

From Middle English arbour, erbour, from Old French erbier (“field, meadow, kitchen garden”), from erbe (“grass, herb”), from Latin herba (“grass, herb”) (English herb). (Compare Late Latin herbārium, although erbier is possibly an independent formation.) The spelling was influenced by Latin arbor (“tree”).

  1. A shady sitting place, usually in a park or garden, and usually surrounded by climbing shrubs or vines and other vegetation.
  2. A grove of trees.

Borrowing from French arbre (“tree, axis”), spelling influenced by Latin arbor (“tree”).

  1. An axis or shaft supporting a rotating part on a lathe.
  2. A bar for supporting cutting tools.
  3. A spindle of a wheel.

    arbor was also found in the following language(s): Latin, Old Spanish, and Romanian

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Arbor U.S.
      White 51.85% 64.26%
      African American 43.21% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.70% 16.26%

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Arbor

    • How Popular is the name Arbor? Arbor is the 25,148th most popular name of all time. As a last name Arbor was the 109,258th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Arbor have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 227 babies born with the first name Arbor in the United States. That's more than enough people named Arbor 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 Arbor? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Arbor first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Arbor is Tuesday, May 22nd, 1883.
    • What year had the most people named Arbor born? The highest recorded use of the first name Arbor was in 2016 with a total of 43 babies.
    • Random Arbor Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Arbor is not a popular baby girl's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 2016.
    • Weird things about the name Arbor: Your name in reverse order is Robra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aborr. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Arbor? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 162 people with the last name Arbor.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Arbor? Arbor 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).
    • 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.