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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Be*gin"
  1. To have or commence an independent or first existence; to take rise; to commence."Vast chain of being! which from God began." [Pope.]
  2. To do the first act or the first part of an action; to enter upon or commence something new, as a new form or state of being, or course of action; to take the first step; to start."Tears beganto flow." [Dryden.]"When I begin, I will also make an end." [1 Sam. iii. 12.]

Etymology: AS. beginnanakin to OS. biginnan, D. & G. beginnen, OHG. biginnan, Goth., du-ginnan, Sw. begynna, Dan. begynde); pref. be- + an assumed ginnan. √31. See Gin to begin

verb Be*gin"
  1. To enter on; to commence."Ye nymphs of Solyma ! begin the song." [Pope.]
  2. To trace or lay the foundation of; to make or place a beginning of."The apostle begins our knowledge in the creatures, which leads us to the knowledge of God." [Locke.]
    synonyms: To commence; originate; set about; start.
noun Be*gin"
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  1. Israeli statesman (born in Russia) who (as prime minister of Israel) negotiated a peace treaty with Anwar Sadat (then the president of Egypt) (1913-1992)
  2. Take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
  3. Set in motion, cause to start ("begin a new chapter in your life")
  4. Begin to speak or say
  5. Begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
  6. Achieve or accomplish in the least degree, usually used in the negative ("This economic measure doesn't even begin to deal with the problem of inflation" and "You cannot even begin to understand the problem we had to deal with during the war")
  7. Begin an event that is implied and limited by the nature or inherent function of the direct object ("begin a cigar")
  8. Have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense ("The DMZ begins right over the hill" and "The second movement begins after the Allegro")
  9. Have a beginning characterized in some specified way ("The novel begins with a murder", "My property begins with the three maple trees", "Her day begins with a workout", and "The semester begins with a convocation ceremony")
  10. Have a beginning, of a temporal event ("The company's Asia tour begins next month")
  11. Be the first item or point, constitute the beginning or start, come first in a series ("The number `one' begins the sequence", "A terrible murder begins the novel", and "The convocation ceremony officially begins the semester")

Notable Persons With the Last Name Begin

Menachem Begin was a Prime Minister of Israel, Minister of Defense, and Ministry of Defense (Israel). Menachem was born on August 16th, 1913 in Brest, Belarus. He breathed his last breath on March 9th, 1992.


Monique Bégin is an administrator and sociology. Monique was born on March 1st, 1936 in Rome.


Émily Bégin is a pop music and french pop music singing, actor, and dance. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Émily was born on January 21st, 1982 in Saint-Jérôme, Quebec.


Steve Bégin is a hockey player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1997 to 2013. Steve was born on June 14th, 1978 in Trois-Rivières.


Katrina Begin is an actress. She was most prominent from 2004 to present. Katrina was born on August 10th, 1982 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.


Peter was born on October 25th, 1964.


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Popularity of Begin as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Begin U.S.
  White 94.70% 64.26%
  African American 1.21% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.21% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.59% 16.26%

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People with the last name Begin are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Begin

  • How Popular is the name Begin? As a last name Begin was the 11,839th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Begin? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Begin was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Begin: Your name in reverse order is Nigeb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ibnge. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Begin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,644 people with the last name Begin.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Begin? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Begin as their last name since less than 1 person in 111k 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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