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since 1880
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Origin and Meaning of Careen

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ca*reen"
To cause (a vessel) to lean over so that she floats on one side, leaving the other side out of water and accessible for repairs below the water line; to case to be off the keel.

Etymology: OF. cariner, F. caréner, fr. OF. carène, the bottom of a ship, keel, fr. L. carina

verb Ca*reen"
To incline to one side, or lie over, as a ship when sailing on a wind; to be off the keel.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Pitching dangerously to one side
  2. Move sideways or in an unsteady way ("The ship careened out of control")
  3. Walk as if unable to control one's movements

Late 16th century, from French carene (“keel”), from Genoese Ligurian carena, from Latin carina (“keel of a ship”), from Proto-Indo-European *kert-, *kret- (“strong, powerful”), see also Ancient Greek κράτυς (krátus, “strong”), κράτος (krátos, “strength, power, dominion”).

careen was also found in the following language(s): Spanish

Notable Persons Named Careen

Careen was born on September 6th, 1972 in Morris, Illinois.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Careen


Fun Facts about the name Careen

  • How Popular is the name Careen? Careen is the 26,044th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Careen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 213 babies born with the first name Careen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Careen 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 Careen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1936 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Careen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Careen is Friday, November 27th, 1896.
  • What year had the most people named Careen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Careen was in 1962 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Careen: Your name in reverse order is Neerac. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eencar. 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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