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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Boston

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bos"ton
A game at cards, played by four persons, with two packs of fifty-two cards each; -- said to be so called from Boston, Massachusetts, and to have been invented by officers of the French army in America during the Revolutionary war.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. State capital and largest city of Massachusetts; a major center for banking and financial services
Wiktionary

The US city is named after the English town (from which several prominent colonists had come), which itself is sometimes said to be named as a contraction of Botolph's town or Botolph's stone (the name Botolph itself coming from Old English Botwulf, from boda + wulf). However, this is uncertain.

  1. The capital and largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the informal capital of New England, located in the northeastern United States.
  2. A town in Lincolnshire, England.
  3. A settlement in Belize
  4. A city in Georgia, USA
  5. A town in Indiana
  6. A village in Kyrgyzstan
  7. A town in New York
  8. A census-designated place in Pennsylvania
  9. A municipality in the Philippines
  10. A town in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  11. A settlement in Suriname
  12. A census-designated placeand an unincorporated community in Virginia
  13. An eighteenth-century trick-taking card game for four players, with two packs of fifty-two cards each.
  14. A male given name

Boston was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Czech, Finnish, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Boston

Boston Corbett is a hatmaking. His military service ended in 1861.

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Boston Custer is a military person.

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He died in 1802.

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Boston was born in 1854. He breathed his last breath on October 3rd, 1873.

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Boston Jenkins Drayton was a Republic of Maryland, and 3rd Governor of the. Boston was born in 1821 in Charleston, South Carolina. He died in 1866.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Boston

Rachel Boston is an actress. She has been prominent since 2001. Rachel was given the name Rachel Elizabeth Boston on May 9th, 1982 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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David Boston is a football player. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to 2006. David was born on August 19th, 1978 in Humble, Texas.

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Ralph Boston is an athlete. Ralph was born on May 9th, 1939 in Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.

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Billy Boston is a rugby player.

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Tre Boston is a football player for the Carolina Panthers. His ongoing career started in 2014. Tre was born on June 25th, 1992.

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Bernie Boston was a photojournalism and photojournalist. Bernie was born on May 18th, 1933 in Washington, D.C. He left this life on January 22nd, 2008.

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How popular is the baby name Boston in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 0 5
1884 5 0 5
1886 5 0 5
1891 7 0 7
1893 5 0 5
1901 6 0 6
1902 5 0 5
1905 5 0 5
1907 8 0 8
1909 5 0 5
1910 8 0 8
1912 6 0 6
1913 8 0 8
1914 16 0 16
1915 13 0 13
1916 13 0 13
1917 12 0 12
1918 9 0 9
1919 9 0 9
1920 13 0 13
1921 21 0 21
1922 16 0 16
1924 13 0 13
1925 11 0 11
1926 21 0 21
1927 5 0 5
1928 10 0 10
1929 9 0 9
1931 6 0 6
1932 6 0 6
1933 10 0 10
1934 10 0 10
1935 8 0 8
1936 7 0 7
1937 9 0 9
1938 11 0 11
1939 5 0 5
1940 9 0 9
1941 8 0 8
1942 10 0 10
1943 11 0 11
1944 6 0 6
1945 10 0 10
1946 8 0 8
1947 7 0 7
1948 7 0 7
1950 7 0 7
1951 6 0 6
1954 8 0 8
1955 5 0 5
1956 7 0 7
1962 6 0 6
1963 5 0 5
1964 6 0 6
1969 5 0 5
1970 6 0 6
1977 6 0 6
1978 5 0 5
1980 6 0 6
1981 12 0 12
1982 11 0 11
1984 8 0 8
1985 7 0 7
1986 9 0 9
1987 16 0 16
1988 18 0 18
1989 23 0 23
1990 29 0 29
1991 25 0 25
1992 51 5 46
1993 44 10 34
1994 49 6 43
1995 66 9 57
1996 60 5 55
1997 71 11 60
1998 79 6 73
1999 85 12 73
2000 90 7 83
2001 85 10 75
2002 133 17 116
2003 148 18 130
2004 212 24 188
2005 332 30 302
2006 407 33 374
2007 424 36 388
2008 502 41 461
2009 525 34 491
2010 495 33 462
2011 489 33 456
2012 537 50 487
2013 512 48 464
2014 561 65 496
2015 486 37 449
2016 465 50 415
2017 425 41 384

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Popularity of Boston as a first name

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Popularity of Boston as a last name

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Common last names for Boston

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Boston U.S.
  White 52.66% 64.26%
  African American 40.86% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.52% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Boston

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

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Fun Facts about the name Boston

  • How Popular is the name Boston? Boston is the 2,864th most popular name of all time. As a last name Boston was the 2,309th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Boston have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,986 babies born with the first name Boston in the United States. That's more than enough people named Boston to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Boston? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Boston first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Boston is Sunday, January 7th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Boston born? The highest recorded use of the first name Boston was in 2014 with a total of 496 babies.
  • Random Boston Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Boston ranks 79th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 88 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Boston: Your name in reverse order is Notsob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Botson. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Boston? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,814 people with the last name Boston.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Boston? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Boston as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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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