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Origin and Meaning of Bible

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bi"ble
  1. A book.(Obs)
  2. The Book by way of eminence, -- that is, the book which is made up of the writings accepted by Christians as of divine origin and authority, whether such writings be in the original language, or translated; the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments; -- sometimes in a restricted sense, the Old Testament; as, King James's Bible; Douay Bible; Luther's Bible . Also, the book which is made up of writings similarly accepted by the Jews; as, a rabbinical Bible .
  3. A book containing the sacred writings belonging to any religion; as, the Koran is often called the Mohammedan Bible .
  4. (Fig.)a book with an authoritative exposition of some topic, respected by many who are experts in the field.

Etymology: F. bible, L. biblia, pl., fr. Gr. bibli`a, pl. of bibli`on, dim. of bi`blos by`blos, book, prop. Egyptian papyrus

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  1. A book regarded as authoritative in its field
  2. The sacred writings of the Christian religions

From Middle English bible, from Middle Latin biblia (“book”) (misinterpreted as a feminine from earlier Latin neuter plural biblia (“books”)), from Ancient Greek βιβλία (biblía, “books”), plural of βιβλίον (biblíon, “small book”), originally a diminutive of βίβλος (bíblos, “book”), from βύβλος (búblos, “papyrus”) (from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported this writing material).

Old English used biblioþēce (from βιβλιοθήκη) and ġewritu (> English writs) for "the Scriptures".

  1. A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handyman’s bible).
  2. (nautical) A holystone.

bible was also found in the following language(s): Czech and French

Notable Persons Named Bible

Bible John is a criminal.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bible

Dana was born on October 8th, 1891 in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Dana is also known as Bible and Dana. He died on January 19th, 1980.


Alan Bible was an Attorney General of Nevada. His most notable accomplishments were from 1954 to 1974. Alan was born on November 20th, 1909 in Lovelock, Nevada. He breathed his last breath on September 12th, 1988.


Dana was born on October 30th, 1953 in Erie, Pennsylvania.


Lee was born on May 27th, 1887 in Near Midway, Tennessee, United States. Lee is also known as Bible and Conway Lee (full name). He left this life on March 13th, 1929.


Frances was born on January 26th, 1919. She left this life on January 29th, 2001.


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Popularity of Bible as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bible U.S.
  White 81.74% 64.26%
  African American 8.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.11% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.89% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bible

People with the last name Bible are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Bible

  • How Popular is the name Bible? As a last name Bible was the 7,119th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Bible? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Bible was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Bible: Your name in reverse order is Elbib. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Blibe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bible? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,700 people with the last name Bible.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bible? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Bible 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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