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Buck

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6k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Buck

"Buck" is a name of American origin, and it means "Deer, Cowboy". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Buck
Senses
  1. Lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed.
  2. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.(Obs)

Etymology: Akin to LG. büke, Dan. byg, Sw. byk, G. bauche: cf. It. bucato, Prov. Sp. bugada, F. buée

verb Buck
Senses
  1. To soak, steep, or boil, in lye or suds; -- a process in bleaching.
  2. To wash (clothes) in lye or suds, or, in later usage, by beating them on stones in running water.
  3. [Mining] To break up or pulverize, as ores.

Etymology: OE. bouken; akin to LG. büken, Dan. byge, Sw. byka, G. bauchen beuchen; cf. OF. buer. Cf. the preceding noun

noun Buck
Senses
  1. The male of deer, especially fallow deer and antelopes, or of goats, sheep, hares, and rabbits.
  2. A gay, dashing young fellow; a fop; a dandy."The leading bucks of the day." [Thackeray.]
  3. A male Indian or negro.(Colloq. U.S)

Note: ☞ A male fallow deer is called a fawn in his first year; a pricket in his second; a sorel in his third; a sore in his fourth; a buck of the first head in his fifth; and a great buck in his sixth. The female of the fallow deer is termed a doe. The male of the red deer is termed a stag or hart and not a buck, and the female is called a hind.

Note: ☞ The word buck is much used in composition for the names of antelopes; as, bush buck, spring buck.

Etymology: OE. buk bucke, AS. bucca bua, he-goat; akin to D. bok, OHG. pocch, G. bock, Ir. boc, W. bwch, Corn. byk; cf. Zend būza, Skr. bukka. √256. Cf. Butcher (n.)

verb Buck
Senses
  1. To copulate, as bucks and does.
  2. To spring with quick plunging leaps, descending with the fore legs rigid and the head held as low down as possible; -- said of a vicious horse or mule.
verb Buck
Senses
  1. [Mil] To subject to a mode of punishment which consists in tying the wrists together, passing the arms over the bent knees, and putting a stick across the arms and in the angle formed by the knees.
  2. To throw by bucking. See Buck (v. i.), 2."The brute that he was riding had nearly bucked him out of the saddle." [W. E. Norris.]
noun Buck
A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
noun Buck
The beech tree.

Etymology: See Beech (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Mature male of various mammals (especially deer or antelope)
  2. A framework for holding wood that is being sawed
  3. A gymnastic horse without pommels and with one end elongated; used lengthwise for vaulting
  4. United States author whose novels drew on her experiences as a missionary in China (1892-1973)
  5. A piece of paper money worth one dollar
  6. Jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched ("the yung filly bucked")
  7. Move quickly and violently
  8. Resist ("buck the trend")
  9. To strive with determination ("John is bucking for a promotion")
Wiktionary

From Middle English buc, bucke, bukke, from Old English buc, bucc, bucca (“he-goat, stag”), from Proto-Germanic *bukkaz, *bukkô (“buck”) (compare West Frisian bok (“he-goat”), German Bock), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰug- (“ram”) (compare Albanian buzë, Old Armenian բուծ (buc, “sucking lamb”), Persian بز (boz, “goat”), Sanskrit बुख (bukha)).

  1. A male deer, antelope, sheep, goat, rabbit, hare, and sometimes the male of other animals such as the ferret and shad.
  2. (US) An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  3. A young buck; an adventurous, impetuous, dashing, or high-spirited young man.
  4. (Britain, obsolete) A fop or dandy.
  5. (US, dated, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  6. (US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, informal) A dollar (one hundred cents).
    Can I borrow five ?
  7. (South Africa, informal) A rand (currency unit).
  8. (by extension, Australia, South Africa, US, informal) Money
    Corporations will do anything to make .
  9. (US, slang) One hundred.
    The police caught me driving a forty on the freeway.
    That skinny guy? C'mon, he can't weigh more than a and a quarter.
  10. (dated) An object of various types, placed on a table to indicate turn or status; such as a brass object, placed in rotation on a US Navy wardroom dining table to indicate which officer is to be served first, or an item passed around a poker table indicating the dealer or placed in the pot to remind the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
  11. (US, in certain metaphors or phrases) Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    pass the buck; the buck stops here
  12. (Britain, dialect) The body of a post mill, particularly in East Anglia. See Wikipedia:Windmill machinery.
  13. (finance, jargon) One million dollars.
  14. (informal) A euro
  15. A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
  16. A wood or metal frame used by automotive customizers and restorers to assist in the shaping of sheet metal bodywork. See Street Rodder "Making a Wood Buck".
  17. (African American Vernacular, dated, dance) Synonym of buck dance

Sense 6 is from mid 19th century, but of unknown origin.

  1. A male deer, antelope, sheep, goat, rabbit, hare, and sometimes the male of other animals such as the ferret and shad.
  2. (US) An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  3. A young buck; an adventurous, impetuous, dashing, or high-spirited young man.
  4. (Britain, obsolete) A fop or dandy.
  5. (US, dated, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  6. (US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, informal) A dollar (one hundred cents).
    Can I borrow five ?
  7. (South Africa, informal) A rand (currency unit).
  8. (by extension, Australia, South Africa, US, informal) Money
    Corporations will do anything to make .
  9. (US, slang) One hundred.
    The police caught me driving a forty on the freeway.
    That skinny guy? C'mon, he can't weigh more than a and a quarter.
  10. (dated) An object of various types, placed on a table to indicate turn or status; such as a brass object, placed in rotation on a US Navy wardroom dining table to indicate which officer is to be served first, or an item passed around a poker table indicating the dealer or placed in the pot to remind the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
  11. (US, in certain metaphors or phrases) Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    pass the buck; the buck stops here
  12. (Britain, dialect) The body of a post mill, particularly in East Anglia. See Wikipedia:Windmill machinery.
  13. (finance, jargon) One million dollars.
  14. (informal) A euro
  15. A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
  16. A wood or metal frame used by automotive customizers and restorers to assist in the shaping of sheet metal bodywork. See Street Rodder "Making a Wood Buck".
  17. (African American Vernacular, dated, dance) Synonym of buck dance

Senses 15 & 16 are from Dutch bok (“sawhorse”), a shortened form of zaagbok (“sawbuck”).

  1. A male deer, antelope, sheep, goat, rabbit, hare, and sometimes the male of other animals such as the ferret and shad.
  2. (US) An uncastrated sheep, a ram.
  3. A young buck; an adventurous, impetuous, dashing, or high-spirited young man.
  4. (Britain, obsolete) A fop or dandy.
  5. (US, dated, derogatory) A black or Native American man.
  6. (US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, informal) A dollar (one hundred cents).
    Can I borrow five ?
  7. (South Africa, informal) A rand (currency unit).
  8. (by extension, Australia, South Africa, US, informal) Money
    Corporations will do anything to make .
  9. (US, slang) One hundred.
    The police caught me driving a forty on the freeway.
    That skinny guy? C'mon, he can't weigh more than a and a quarter.
  10. (dated) An object of various types, placed on a table to indicate turn or status; such as a brass object, placed in rotation on a US Navy wardroom dining table to indicate which officer is to be served first, or an item passed around a poker table indicating the dealer or placed in the pot to remind the winner of some privilege or obligation when his or her turn to deal next comes.
  11. (US, in certain metaphors or phrases) Blame; responsibility; scapegoating; finger-pointing.
    pass the buck; the buck stops here
  12. (Britain, dialect) The body of a post mill, particularly in East Anglia. See Wikipedia:Windmill machinery.
  13. (finance, jargon) One million dollars.
  14. (informal) A euro
  15. A frame on which firewood is sawed; a sawhorse; a sawbuck.
  16. A wood or metal frame used by automotive customizers and restorers to assist in the shaping of sheet metal bodywork. See Street Rodder "Making a Wood Buck".
  17. (African American Vernacular, dated, dance) Synonym of buck dance

From Middle Low German bucken (“to bend”) or Middle Dutch bucken, bocken (“to bend”), intensive forms of Old Saxon būgan and Old Dutch *būgan (“to bend, bow”), from Proto-Germanic *būganą (“to bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰūgʰ- (“to bend”). Cognate with German bücken (“to bend, stoop”), Danish bukke (“to buck”), Swedish bocka (“to bend, buck, bow”). Influenced in some senses by buck (“male goat”). See above. Compare bow.

See beech.

  1. (Scotland) The beech tree.

  1. Lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed.
  2. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.

From Middle English bouken (“steep in lye”). Cognate with Middle High German büchen, Swedish byka, Danish byga and Low German būken.

  1. Lye or suds in which cloth is soaked in the operation of bleaching, or in which clothes are washed.
  2. The cloth or clothes soaked or washed.

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1880 5 0 5
    1881 14 0 14
    1882 12 0 12
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    1912 57 0 57
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    2011 16 0 16
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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Buck U.S.
      White 88.10% 64.26%
      African American 5.71% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.78% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.43% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.92% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.06% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Buck

    People with the last name Buck are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Buck

    • How Popular is the name Buck? Buck is the 3,245th most popular name of all time. As a last name Buck was the 812th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Buck have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,084 babies born with the first name Buck in the United States. That's more than enough people named Buck 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 Buck? 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 Buck first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Buck is Wednesday, May 19th, 1858.
    • What year had the most people named Buck born? The highest recorded use of the first name Buck was in 1919 with a total of 102 babies.
    • Random Buck Factoid: According to the 1910 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Buck ranks 97th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 9 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1910.
    • Weird things about the name Buck: Your name in reverse order is Kcub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ckbu. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Buck? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 42,639 people with the last name Buck.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Buck? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 14 of them will have Buck as their last name.

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    What does the name Buck mean?

    Bis for beacon, you extend your friendly hand.

    Uis for unbreakable, your spirit is strong.

    Cis for calm, a pleasant trait.

    Kis for kindle, the warmth in others.

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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).
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