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Origin and Meaning of Chinchilla

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chin*chil"la
  1. [Zoöl] A small rodent (Chinchilla lanigera), of the size of a large squirrel, remarkable for its fine fur, which is very soft and of a pearly gray color. It is a native of Peru and Chili.
  2. The fur of the chinchilla.
  3. A heavy, long-napped, tufted woolen cloth.

Etymology: Sp

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  1. Small rodent with soft pearly grey fur; native to the Andes but bred in captivity for fur
  2. A thick twilled fabric of wool and cotton
  3. The expensive silvery grey fur of the chinchilla

Notable Persons With the Last Name Chinchilla

Laura Chinchilla is a President of Costa Rica and List of Presidents of Costa Rica. Laura was born on March 28th, 1959 in Carmen District, San José.


Pablo Chinchilla is a soccer player for the Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, SC Rheindorf Altach, LA Galaxy, Municipal Liberia, LASK Linz, and Costa Rica national football team. Pablo was born on December 21st, 1978 in Escazú, Costa Rica.


Marvin Chinchilla is a soccer player for the AS Puma Generaleña, Municipal Pérez Zeledón, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, C.S. Cartaginés, Municipal Liberia, Santos de Guápiles, and University of Costa Rica. Marvin was born on February 11th, 1977 in Costa Rica.


Édgar Chinchilla is an athlete for the Antigua GFC, C.S.D. Comunicaciones, Deportivo Malacateco, Club Xelajú MC, and Guatemala national football team. Édgar was born on May 8th, 1987 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.


Greivin Chinchilla is an athlete for the AS Puma Generaleña.


Nery Chinchilla is an athlete for the Deportivo Guastatoya.


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Popularity of Chinchilla as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chinchilla U.S.
  White 6.21% 64.26%
  African American 0.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.28% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 92.98% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chinchilla

People with the last name Chinchilla are most frequently Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Chinchilla

  • How Popular is the name Chinchilla? As a last name Chinchilla was the 9,165th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Chinchilla? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Chinchilla was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Chinchilla: Your name in reverse order is Allihcnihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alnhchlcii. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chinchilla? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,561 people with the last name Chinchilla.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chinchilla? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Chinchilla as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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