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Origin and Meaning of Arms

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Arms
  1. Instruments or weapons of offense or defense."He lays down his arms, but not his wiles." [Milton.]"Three horses and three goodly suits of arms." [Tennyson.]
  2. The deeds or exploits of war; military service or science." Armsand the man I sing." [Dryden.]
  3. [Law] Anything which a man takes in his hand in anger, to strike or assault another with; an aggressive weapon.
  4. [Her] The ensigns armorial of a family, consisting of figures and colors borne in shields, banners, etc., as marks of dignity and distinction, and descending from father to son.
  5. [Falconry] The legs of a hawk from the thigh to the foot.

Etymology: OE. armes, F. arme, pl. armes, fr. L. arma, pl., arms, orig. fittings, akin to armus shoulder, and E. arm. See Arm (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The official symbols of a family, state, etc.
  2. Weapons considered collectively
  1. genitive singular of Arm

Notable Persons With the Last Name Arms

Russell Arms was an actor, singer, and singing. He was most prominent from 1942 to 1985. Russell was given the name Russell Lee Arms on February 3rd, 1920 in Berkeley, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on February 13th, 2012.


Zengid Dynasty Coat of Arms is royalty. He holds the title Prince of Zengid Dynasty.



John was born in 1887. He breathed his last breath in 1953.


Oliver was born in 1970.


Michael was born on September 23rd, 1989.


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Popularity of Arms as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Arms U.S.
  White 86.69% 64.26%
  African American 7.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.70% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.13% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Arms

People with the last name Arms are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Arms

  • How Popular is the name Arms? As a last name Arms was the 8,541st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Arms first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Arms is Wednesday, July 26th, 1911.
  • How unique is the name Arms? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Arms. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Arms: Your name in reverse order is Smra. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Msar. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Arms? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,854 people with the last name Arms.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Arms? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Arms as their last name.

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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