Cadence

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20k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Cadence

"Cadence" is a name of Latin origin, and it means "Rhythm". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ca"dence
Senses
  1. The act or state of declining or sinking.(Obs)"Now was the sun in western cadence low." [Milton.]
  2. A fall of the voice in reading or speaking, especially at the end of a sentence.
  3. A rhythmical modulation of the voice or of any sound; as, music of bells in cadence sweet."Blustering winds, which all night long Had roused the sea, now with hoarse cadence lull Seafaring men o'erwatched." [Milton.]"The accents . . . were in passion's tenderest cadence." [Sir W. Scott.]
  4. Rhythmical flow of language, in prose or verse."Golden cadence of poesy." [Shak.]"If in any composition much attention was paid to the flow of the rhythm, it was said (at least in the 14th and 15th centuries) to be “prosed in faire cadence.”" [Dr. Guest.]
  5. [Her] See Cadency.
  6. [Man] Harmony and proportion in motions, as of a well-managed horse.
  7. [Mil] A uniform time and place in marching.
  8. [Mus]
    1. The close or fall of a strain; the point of rest, commonly reached by the immediate succession of the tonic to the dominant chord.
    2. A cadenza, or closing embellishment; a pause before the end of a strain, which the performer may fill with a flight of fancy.

Etymology: OE. cadence cadens, LL. cadentia a falling, fr. L. cadere to fall; cf. F. cadence, It. cadenza. See Chance

verb Ca"dence
To regulate by musical measure.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A recurrent rhythmical series
  2. The close of a musical section
  3. (prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name from the word cadence, taken to use in the 2000s.

Notable Persons Named Cadence

Cadence Weapon is a canadian hip hop and alternative hip hop rapping and record producer. He was most active from 2005 to 2014. Cadence was given the name Roland Pemberton in Edmonton.

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Cadence Spalding is a new age, celtic, world, pop, new-age music, celtic music, and world music musician. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1985 to present. Cadence was given the name Jennifer Lynn Spalding . Cadence is also known as Jennifer Spalding and Miss Jenny.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1974 10 10 0
1975 6 6 0
1977 7 7 0
1978 9 9 0
1979 9 9 0
1980 11 11 0
1981 10 10 0
1982 6 6 0
1983 5 5 0
1984 9 9 0
1985 11 11 0
1986 9 9 0
1987 12 12 0
1988 19 19 0
1989 18 18 0
1990 19 19 0
1991 20 20 0
1992 26 20 6
1993 34 29 5
1994 38 38 0
1995 38 29 9
1996 48 37 11
1997 56 47 9
1998 69 52 17
1999 80 61 19
2000 89 62 27
2001 109 77 32
2002 282 232 50
2003 684 620 64
2004 1,631 1,552 79
2005 1,740 1,668 72
2006 1,685 1,598 87
2007 1,787 1,707 80
2008 1,684 1,610 74
2009 1,561 1,454 107
2010 1,476 1,381 95
2011 1,223 1,145 78
2012 1,164 1,091 73
2013 1,115 1,034 81
2014 1,080 1,003 77
2015 1,041 962 79
2016 939 864 75

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Fun Facts about the name Cadence

  • How Popular is the name Cadence? Cadence is the 1,673rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Cadence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 19,869 babies born with the first name Cadence in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cadence to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cadence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1974 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Cadence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cadence is Tuesday, July 10th, 1906.
  • What year had the most people named Cadence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cadence was in 2007 with a total of 1,707 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cadence!
  • Random Cadence Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cadence ranks 79th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Montana. Imagine that, 11 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Cadence: Your name in reverse order is Ecnedac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dneaecc. How do you pronounce that?

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  • Sources:
  • 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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