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Origin and Meaning of Canary

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ca*na"ry
  1. Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds.
  2. Of a pale yellowish color; as, Canary stone.

Etymology: F. Canarie, L. Canaria insula one of the Canary islands, said to be so called from its large dogs, fr. canis dog

noun Ca*na"ry
  1. Wine made in the Canary Islands; sack."A cup of canary." [Shak.]
  2. A canary bird.
  3. A pale yellow color, like that of a canary bird.
  4. A quick and lively dance.(Obs)"Make you dance canary With sprightly fire and motion." [Shak.]
verb Ca*na"ry
To perform the canary dance; to move nimbly; to caper.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of several small Old World finches
  2. A moderate yellow with a greenish tinge
  3. A female singer
  4. Someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
  5. Having the color of a canary; of a light to moderate yellow

From French canarie, from Spanish canario, from the Latin Canariae insulae (“Canary Islands”) (Spanish Islas Canarias); from the largest island Insula Canaria (“Dog Island" or "Canine Island”), named for its dogs, from canārius (“canine”), from canis (“dog”).

  1. A small, usually yellow, finch (genus Serinus), a songbird native to the Canary Islands.
  2. Any of various small birds of different countries, most of which are largely yellow in colour.
  3. A light, slightly greenish, yellow colour.
  4. A light, sweet, white wine from the Canary Islands.
  5. A lively dance, possibly of Spanish origin (also called canaries).
  6. Any test subject, especially an inadvertent or unwilling one. (From the mining practice of using canaries to detect dangerous gases.)
  7. (computing) A value placed in memory such that it will be the first data corrupted by a buffer overflow, allowing the program to identify and recover from it.
  8. (informal) A female singer, soprano, a coloratura singer.
  9. (slang) An informer or snitch; a squealer.
  10. (slang) A (usually yellow) capsule of the short-acting barbiturate pentobarbital/pentobarbitone (Nembutal).
  11. (Australia, informal) A yellow sticker of unroadworthiness.

Notable Persons Named Canary

Canary was born in 1949.


Canary was born on September 16th, 1942.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Canary

David Canary was an actor. His career lasted from 1965 to 2013. David was given the name David Hoyt Canary on August 25th, 1938 in Elwood, Indiana, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 16th, 2015.




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Popularity of Canary as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Canary U.S.
  White 93.90% 64.26%
  African American 2.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.06% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Canary

People with the last name Canary are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Canary

  • How Popular is the name Canary? Canary is the 18,635th most popular name of all time. As a last name Canary was the 24,288th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Canary have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 398 babies born with the first name Canary in the United States. That's more than enough people named Canary 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 Canary? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Canary first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Canary is Monday, January 17th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Canary born? The highest recorded use of the first name Canary was in 1920 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Canary Factoid: According to the 1922 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Canary is not a popular baby girl's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1922.
  • Weird things about the name Canary: Your name in reverse order is Yranac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ayrcna. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Canary? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,033 people with the last name Canary.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Canary? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Canary as their last name since less than 1 person in 286k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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