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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bon"go
Either of two large antelopes (Boöcercus eurycercus of West Africa, and Boöcercus isaaci of East Africa) of a reddish or chestnut-brown color with narrow white stripes on the body. Their flesh is especially esteemed as food.
noun Bon"go
Either of two large antelopes (Boöcercus eurycercus of West Africa, and Boöcercus isaaci of East Africa) of a reddish or chestnut-brown color with narrow white stripes on the body. Their flesh is especially esteemed as food.
noun Bon"go
one of a pair of attached small drums, each tuned to a different pitch, played by striking with the hands.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large forest antelope of central Africa having a reddish-brown coat with white stripes and spiral horns
  2. A small drum; played with the hands

From American Spanish bongó (see American Spanish on Wikipedia).

  1. A striped bovine mammal found in Africa, Tragelaphus eurycerus.

    bongo was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, Galician, Japanese, Portuguese, Romani, Spanish, and Swahili

    Notable Persons Named Bongo

    Kanda Bongo Man is a soukous, kwassa kwassa music, and kwassa kwassa musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1980. Kanda was given the name Bongo Kanda on January 1st, 1955 in Inongo, Belgian Congo now Democratic Republic of Congo.


    Bongo Herman is a reggae musician. He plays Drum kit and Percussion instrument. He was most active from 1950 to 1950. Bongo is also known as Herman Davis.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Bongo

    Ali Bongo was a magician and magic (illusion). Ali was given the name William Oliver Wallace on December 8th, 1929 in Bangalore, India. He breathed his last breath on March 8th, 2009.


    Pascaline was born on April 10th, 1956.


    Christ Bongo is a soccer player for the SV Wilhelmshaven, Hannover 96, Gazélec Ajaccio, FC Aarau, FC Schaffhausen, FC Solothurn, FC Thun, A.C. Prato, Atlante F.C., FC 105 Libreville, Sporting Clube de Cabinda, and Congo national football team. Christ was born on August 11th, 1976 in Kinshasa.


    Martin was born on July 4th, 1940.


    Steady Bongo is an afro pop music musician. His ongoing career started in 1991. Steady was given the name Lansana Sheriff on August 28th, 1966 in Daru, Sierra Leone. Steady is also known as Steady Bongo.


    Dom Bongo is an athlete for the AFC Wimbledon Development Squad and Academy.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Bongo U.S.
      White 65.68% 64.26%
      African American 14.19% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.58% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 3.96% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 5.28% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.31% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Bongo

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Bongo

    • How Popular is the name Bongo? As a last name Bongo was the 65,424th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Bongo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Bongo is Saturday, February 16th, 1952.
    • How unique is the name Bongo? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Bongo. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Bongo: Your name in reverse order is Ognob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Obnog. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Bongo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 303 people with the last name Bongo.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bongo? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Bongo as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • 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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