Candy

First Name
28k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
870
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Candy

"Candy" is a name of American origin, and it means "Bright, Sweet". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Can"dy
Senses
  1. To conserve or boil in sugar; as, to candy fruits; to candy ginger.
  2. To make sugar crystals of or in; to form into a mass resembling candy; as, to candy sirup.
  3. To incrust with sugar or with candy, or with that which resembles sugar or candy."Those frosts that winter brings Which candy every green." [Drayson.]

Etymology: F. candircf. It. candire, Sp. azúcar cande or candi), fr. Ar. & Pers. qand, fr. Skr. Khaṇḍda piece, sugar in pieces or lumps, fr. khaṇḍ khaḍ to break

verb Can"dy
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  1. To have sugar crystals form in or on; as, fruits preserved in sugar candy after a time.
  2. To be formed into candy; to solidify in a candylike form or mass.
noun Can"dy
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  1. Any sweet, more or less solid article of confectionery, especially those prepared in small bite-sized pieces or small bars, having a wide variety of shapes, consistencies, and flavors, and manufactured in a variety of ways. It is often flavored or colored, or covered with chocolate, and sometimes contains fruit, nuts, etc.; it is often made by boiling sugar or molasses to the desired consistency, and than crystallizing, molding, or working in the required shape. Other types may consist primarily of chocolate or a sweetened gelatin. The term may be applied to a single piece of such confection or to the substance of which it is composed.
  2. Cocaine.(slang)

Etymology: F. candi. See Candy (v. t.)

noun Candy
A weight, at Madras 500 pounds, at Bombay 560 pounds.

Etymology: Mahratta khaṇḍī, Tamil kaṇḍi

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
  2. Coat with something sweet, such as a hard sugar glaze
Wiktionary
  1. A pet form of the female given name Candace or Candice.

Notable Persons Named Candy

Candy Barr was a stripper, actress, adult model, and striptease. Candy was given the name Juanita Dale Slusher on July 6th, 1935 in Edna, Texas, U.S. She breathed her last breath on December 30th, 2005.

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Candy Clark is an actress. She has been prominent since 1972. Candy was given the name Candace June Clark on November 20th, 1947 in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Candy Dulfer is a smooth jazz, funk, and nu jazz musician. She plays Alto saxophone and vocals. She was most active from 1981 to present. Candy was born Candy Dulfer on September 19th, 1969.

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Candy Darling was an actress. Candy was given the name James Lawrence Slattery on November 24th, 1944 in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, U.S. They passed away on March 21st, 1974.

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Candy was given the name Carole Gene Marer on September 20th, 1945 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Candy was born on April 12th, 1928 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Candy

John Candy was an actor and comedian. He was most active from 1969 to 1994. John was given the name John Franklin Candy on October 31st, 1950. He left this life on March 4th, 1994.

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Brooke Candy is a hip hop music and pop music rapping. Brooke was given the name Brooke Dyan Candy on July 20th, 1989 in Oxnard, California, U.S.

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Etta Candy is a comics character.

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Graham Candy is a musician. His ongoing career started in 2012. Graham was born on April 1st, 1991 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Ray Candy was a wrestler. Ray was born on December 3rd, 1951. He left this life on May 23rd, 1994.

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Afro was given the name Judith Chichi Opara on July 12th, 1971 in Umuduruebo Ugiri-ike, Ikeduru, Imo State, Nigeria.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1896 5 5 0
1912 7 7 0
1919 7 7 0
1921 6 6 0
1924 7 7 0
1925 7 7 0
1926 6 6 0
1927 5 5 0
1929 8 8 0
1930 7 7 0
1931 11 11 0
1932 7 7 0
1933 7 7 0
1934 14 9 5
1935 11 11 0
1936 16 16 0
1937 11 11 0
1939 11 11 0
1940 15 15 0
1941 19 19 0
1942 45 45 0
1943 73 73 0
1944 91 91 0
1945 198 198 0
1946 336 336 0
1947 520 515 5
1948 365 365 0
1949 290 290 0
1950 272 272 0
1951 254 254 0
1952 305 300 5
1953 374 374 0
1954 439 439 0
1955 495 495 0
1956 839 839 0
1957 871 871 0
1958 884 884 0
1959 989 989 0
1960 827 827 0
1961 782 782 0
1962 751 751 0
1963 765 765 0
1964 715 715 0
1965 710 710 0
1966 655 655 0
1967 582 582 0
1968 766 756 10
1969 1,020 1,012 8
1970 1,044 1,044 0
1971 835 835 0
1972 864 857 7
1973 748 748 0
1974 672 661 11
1975 654 647 7
1976 566 557 9
1977 531 531 0
1978 505 505 0
1979 502 502 0
1980 445 438 7
1981 402 397 5
1982 388 388 0
1983 365 365 0
1984 320 320 0
1985 241 241 0
1986 224 218 6
1987 219 219 0
1988 228 223 5
1989 219 219 0
1990 204 199 5
1991 178 178 0
1992 146 146 0
1993 134 134 0
1994 151 146 5
1995 96 96 0
1996 113 113 0
1997 96 96 0
1998 97 97 0
1999 67 67 0
2000 111 111 0
2001 112 112 0
2002 101 101 0
2003 99 99 0
2004 106 106 0
2005 104 104 0
2006 120 120 0
2007 119 119 0
2008 108 108 0
2009 153 153 0
2010 102 102 0
2011 80 80 0
2012 81 81 0
2013 64 64 0
2014 57 57 0
2015 52 52 0
2016 49 49 0
2017 45 45 0

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Popularity of Candy as a first name

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Popularity of Candy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Candy U.S.
  White 70.11% 64.26%
  African American 14.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.06% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.84% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.56% 16.26%

Of Last Name Candy

People with the last name Candy are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Candy

  • What name lists does Candy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Candy? Candy is the 1,423rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Candy was the 27,646th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Candy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28,317 babies born with the first name Candy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Candy to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Candy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1896 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Candy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Candy is Monday, February 14th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Candy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Candy was in 1970 with a total of 1,044 babies. That's a lot of babies named Candy!
  • Random Candy Factoid: According to the 1974 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Candy is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 41 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1974.
  • Weird things about the name Candy: Your name in reverse order is Ydnac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nacdy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Candy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 870 people with the last name Candy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Candy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Candy as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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