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Origin and Meaning of Charon

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cha"ron
The son of Erebus and Nox, whose office it was to ferry the souls of the dead over the Styx, a river of the infernal regions.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. �

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  1. (Greek mythology) the ferryman who brought the souls of the dead across the river Styx or the river Acheron to Hades
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Χάρων (Khárōn). James W. Christy, who discovered this moon, was influenced in selecting the name by its similarity to Char, a pet name for Charlene, his wife's name — hence the alternative American pronunciation, which is used at NASA.

  1. (Greek mythology) The ferryman of Hades.
  2. (astronomy) The largest of the 5 moons of Pluto.

Charon was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Charon

Charon Robin Ganellin is a in the field of medicinal chemistry. Charon was born on January 25th, 1934 in London.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Charon

Rita Charon is a physician and medical doctor. Rita was born in 1949 in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Jacques was born in 1920. He died in 1975.

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Carl was born on March 17th, 1940 in Boyne City, Michigan.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1937 9 9 0
1938 9 9 0
1939 12 12 0
1940 10 10 0
1941 8 8 0
1942 10 10 0
1943 17 17 0
1944 15 15 0
1945 12 12 0
1946 13 13 0
1947 19 19 0
1948 18 18 0
1949 9 9 0
1950 11 11 0
1951 13 13 0
1952 15 15 0
1953 9 9 0
1954 13 13 0
1955 11 11 0
1956 13 13 0
1957 14 14 0
1958 13 13 0
1959 13 13 0
1960 17 17 0
1961 13 13 0
1962 12 12 0
1963 16 16 0
1964 15 15 0
1965 15 15 0
1966 23 23 0
1967 19 19 0
1968 25 25 0
1969 27 27 0
1970 32 26 6
1971 28 23 5
1972 17 17 0
1973 38 29 9
1974 24 17 7
1975 28 20 8
1976 29 22 7
1977 32 22 10
1978 29 23 6
1979 28 21 7
1980 36 27 9
1981 32 23 9
1982 26 21 5
1983 30 23 7
1984 32 20 12
1985 22 16 6
1986 15 15 0
1987 21 13 8
1988 24 13 11
1989 17 11 6
1990 26 13 13
1991 24 24 0
1992 17 11 6
1993 11 11 0
1994 18 11 7
1995 7 7 0
1996 19 14 5
1997 7 7 0
1998 16 6 10
1999 15 10 5
2001 6 6 0
2003 6 6 0
2006 5 0 5
2007 8 0 8
2008 5 5 0
2009 6 0 6
2011 7 0 7
2013 5 0 5

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Charon U.S.
  White 69.31% 64.26%
  African American 3.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.55% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 24.06% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Charon

  • How Popular is the name Charon? Charon is the 9,151st most popular name of all time. As a last name Charon was the 21,403rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Charon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,216 babies born with the first name Charon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Charon to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Charon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1937 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Charon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Charon is Sunday, December 19th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Charon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Charon was in 1973 with a total of 29 babies.
  • Random Charon Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Charon is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Charon: Your name in reverse order is Norahc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hnaocr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Charon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,222 people with the last name Charon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Charon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Charon as their last name since less than 1 person in 244k 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).
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