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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of California

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  1. A state in the western United States on the Pacific; the 3rd largest state; known for earthquakes

Probably Spanish after California, a Utopian island of the Amazons described in Las Sergas de Esplandián, a 16th century Spanish novel.

  1. A western coastal state of the United States of America. Capital: Sacramento.

California was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Italian, Latin, Romanian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named California

California Steph Lynn Robinson thumb|Nominee Steph Lynn Robinson attending the 2015 Voice Arts™ Awards in Los Angeles is a voice actress, producer, stage actress, voice acting, television producer, actor, and stageactress. She was most prominent from 2007 to present. California is also known as Stephanie Lynn Robinson.


California Molefe is an athlete. California was born on March 12th, 1980.


Notable Persons With the Last Name California

Robert California is a manager of dunder mifflin scranton branch ;, ceo of sabre, and chief executive officer. Robert is also known as Bob Kazamakis and The Lizard King.


Randy California was a psychedelic rock, progressive rock, and art rock musician. His career lasted from 1965 to 1997. Randy was given the name Randy Craig Wolfe on February 20th, 1951 in Los Angeles, California, United States. He passed away on January 2nd, 1997.


Elizabeth "Betty" Hemings was a domestic servant. Elizabeth was given the name San Francisco, California in 1735 in perhaps Bermuda Hundred, Henrico County, Virginia. She breathed her last breath in 1807.


John David California is a book publisher and writer. John was given the name Fredrik Colting in Sweden.


Theodore Solomons was an explorer and naturalist & writer. Theodore was given the name San Francisco, California on July 20th, 1870. He died on May 27th, 1947.


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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of California as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name California

  • How Popular is the name California? California is the 26,860th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name California have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 201 babies born with the first name California in the United States. That's more than enough people named California to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named California? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was California first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name California is Tuesday, April 5th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named California born? The highest recorded use of the first name California was in 2017 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Random California Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name California is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name California: Your name in reverse order is Ainrofilac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nioclairaf. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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