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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cam"e*o
A carving in relief, esp. one on a small scale used as a jewel for personal adornment, or like.

Note: ☞ Most cameos are carved in a material which has layers of different colors, such stones as the onyx and sardonyx, and various kinds of shells, being used. The classical cameos made in Italy are carved on a seashell (see cameo conch, below), having an olive figure carved from the inner layer of the shell in relief on the white background of the outer layer of the shell.

Etymology: It. cammeo; akin to F. camée camaïeu, Sp. camafeo, LL. camaeus camahutus; of unknown origin

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  1. Engraving or carving in low relief on a stone (as in a brooch or ring)
Wiktionary

Borrowing from Italian cammeo. The movie sense is short for “cameo role” referring to a famous person who was playing no character, but him or herself. Like a cameo brooch — a low-relief carving of a person’s head or bust — the actor or celebrity is instantly recognizable. More recently, it has come to refer to any short appearances, whether as a character or as oneself.

  1. A piece of jewelry, etc., carved in relief.
  2. A single very brief appearance, especially by a prominent celebrity in a movie or song.
    Famous comic book writer Stan Lee had a in the Spider-Man movie. He was on screen for perhaps ten seconds, but aficionados distinctly remember him.

cameo was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Spanish

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1957 6 6 0
1959 5 5 0
1960 6 6 0
1961 20 20 0
1963 9 9 0
1965 9 9 0
1966 8 8 0
1967 12 12 0
1968 23 23 0
1969 8 8 0
1970 12 12 0
1971 9 9 0
1972 19 19 0
1973 28 28 0
1974 36 36 0
1975 26 26 0
1976 30 30 0
1977 27 27 0
1978 42 42 0
1979 61 50 11
1980 69 55 14
1981 69 52 17
1982 62 53 9
1983 42 42 0
1984 55 45 10
1985 65 53 12
1986 62 52 10
1987 66 47 19
1988 60 49 11
1989 64 54 10
1990 41 36 5
1991 42 34 8
1992 73 68 5
1993 70 63 7
1994 48 38 10
1995 44 44 0
1996 40 40 0
1997 32 32 0
1998 29 29 0
1999 41 36 5
2000 29 29 0
2001 19 19 0
2002 16 16 0
2003 23 17 6
2004 15 10 5
2005 10 10 0
2006 5 5 0
2007 14 9 5
2008 11 11 0
2009 7 7 0
2010 5 0 5
2011 11 5 6
2012 9 9 0
2013 14 6 8
2014 20 12 8
2015 5 5 0
2016 12 5 7
2017 10 5 5

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Fun Facts about the name Cameo

  • How Popular is the name Cameo? Cameo is the 7,503rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Cameo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,705 babies born with the first name Cameo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cameo to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cameo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1957 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Cameo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cameo is Wednesday, August 13th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Cameo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cameo was in 1992 with a total of 68 babies.
  • Random Cameo Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cameo is not a popular baby girl's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Cameo: Your name in reverse order is Oemac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Emcao. 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).
  • 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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