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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Awe
  1. Dread; great fear mingled with respect.(Obs. or Obsolescent)"His frown was full of terror, and his voice Shook the delinquent with such fits of awe." [Cowper.]
  2. The emotion inspired by something dreadful and sublime; an undefined sense of the dreadful and the sublime; reverential fear, or solemn wonder; profound reverence."There is an awe in mortals' joy, A deep mysterious fear." [Keble.]"To tame the pride of that power which held the Continent in awe." [Macaulay.]"The solitude of the desert, or the loftiness of the mountain, may fill the mind with awethe sense of our own littleness in some greater presence or power." [C. J. Smith.]
    synonyms: See Reverence.

Etymology: OE. aȝe aghe, fr. Icel. agi; akin to AS. ege ōga, Goth. agis, Dan. ave chastisement, fear, Gr. 'a`chos pain, distress, from the same root as E. ail. √3. Cf. Ugly

verb Awe
To strike with fear and reverence; to inspire with awe; to control by inspiring dread.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration ("he stared over the edge with a feeling of awe")
  2. A feeling of profound respect for someone or something
  3. Inspire awe in ("The famous professor awed the undergraduates")

From Old English eġe, influenced during Middle English by forms from the Old Norse cognate agi, both from Proto-Germanic *agaz. See also ey.

  1. A feeling of fear and reverence.
  2. A feeling of amazement.

awe was also found in the following language(s): Mapudungun and Western Arrernte

Notable Persons With the Last Name Awe

Bolanle was born on January 26th, 1933 in Nigeria.


Francis Awe is a musician. He plays Talking drum.


Jon Awe is an athlete. He was most prominent from 2005 to 2013. Jon was born on April 30th, 1980 in Memphis, Tennessee.


Kola Awe is an athlete for the Nembe City F.C.


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Popularity of Awe as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Awe U.S.
  White 66.87% 64.26%
  African American 27.96% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Awe

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

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Fun Facts about the name Awe

  • How Popular is the name Awe? As a last name Awe was the 22,809th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Awe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Awe is Sunday, January 28th, 1877.
  • How unique is the name Awe? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Awe. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Awe: Your name in reverse order is Ewa. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aew. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Awe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,123 people with the last name Awe.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Awe? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Awe as their last name since less than 1 person in 263k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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