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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Car mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Car

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  • A submission from Arizona, United States says the name Car means "Veichle".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Car
  1. A small vehicle moved on wheels; usually, one having but two wheels and drawn by one horse; a cart.
  2. A vehicle adapted to the rails of a railroad.(U. S)
  3. A chariot of war or of triumph; a vehicle of splendor, dignity, or solemnity.(Poetic)"The gilded car of day." [Milton.]"The towering car, the sable steeds." [Tennyson.]
  4. [Astron] The stars also called Charles's Wain, the Great Bear, or the Dipper."The Pleiads, Hyads, and the Northern Car." [Dryden.]
  5. The cage of a lift or elevator.
  6. The basket, box, or cage suspended from a balloon to contain passengers, ballast, etc.
  7. A floating perforated box for living fish.(U. S)

Note: ☞ In England a railroad passenger car is called a railway carriage; a freight car a goods wagon; a platform car a goods truck; a baggage car a van. But styles of car introduced into England from America are called cars; as, tram car. Pullman car. See Train.

Etymology: OF. car char, F. cahr, fr. L. carrus, Wagon: a Celtic word; cf. W. car, Armor. karr, Ir. & Gael. carr. cf. Chariot

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  1. A conveyance for passengers or freight on a cable railway ("they took a cable car to the top of the mountain")
  2. A motor vehicle with four wheels; usually propelled by an internal combustion engine ("he needs a car to get to work")
  3. A wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad ("three cars had jumped the rails")
  4. Where passengers ride up and down ("the car was on the top floor")
  5. The compartment that is suspended from an airship and that carries personnel and the cargo and the power plant
  1. The most widespread of the Nicobarese languages spoken in the Nicobar Islands of India (ISO 839-3 code "caq").

Car was also found in the following language(s): Zazaki

Notable Persons Named Car

Car is a mythological figure.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Car

Roberto was born on January 3rd, 1947.


Car is a mythological figure.


Her ongoing career started in 2015. Prue was born in Western Sydney, New South Wales. Prue is also known as Car and Prudence Ann (full name).


Marko was born on August 30th, 1859. He died on December 1st, 1953.


Aleš was born on March 6th, 1971 in Idrija, Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.


Mirosław was born on November 24th, 1960. They died on June 7th, 2013.


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Popularity of Car as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Car U.S.
  White 55.67% 64.26%
  African American 17.08% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.69% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 22.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Car

People with the last name Car are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Car

  • How Popular is the name Car? Car is the 73,519th most popular name of all time. As a last name Car was the 30,442nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Car have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Car in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Car? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1953 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Car first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Car is Thursday, December 7th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Car born? The highest recorded use of the first name Car was in 1953 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Car: Your name in reverse order is Rac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Car. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Car? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 767 people with the last name Car.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Car? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Car as their last name since less than 1 person in 385k 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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