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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Chuck

"Chuck" is a name of American origin, and it means "Diminutive form of Charles". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Chuck
Senses
  1. To make a noise resembling that of a hen when she calls her chickens; to cluck.
  2. To chuckle; to laugh.(R)

Etymology: Imitative of the sound

verb Chuck
To call, as a hen her chickens.
noun Chuck
Senses
  1. The chuck or call of a hen.
  2. A sudden, small noise.
  3. A word of endearment; -- corrupted from chick."Pray, chuck, come hither." [Shak.]
verb Chuck
Senses
  1. To strike gently; to give a gentle blow to." Chucked the barmaid under the chin." [W. Irving.]
  2. To toss or throw smartly out of the hand; to pitch.(Colloq)"Mahomet Ali will just be chuckedinto the Nile." [Lord Palmerson.]
  3. [Mech] To place in a chuck, or hold by means of a chuck, as in turning; to bore or turn (a hole) in a revolving piece held in a chuck.

Etymology: F. choquer to strike. Cf. Shock (v. t.)

noun Chuck
Senses
  1. A slight blow or pat under the chin.
  2. A short throw; a toss.
  3. [Mach] A contrivance or machine fixed to the mandrel of a lathe, for holding a tool or the material to be operated upon.
noun Chuck
Senses
  1. A small pebble; -- called also chuckstone and chuckiestone.(Scot)
  2. pl.A game played with chucks, in which one or more are tossed up and caught; jackstones.(Scot)
noun Chuck
A piece of the backbone of an animal, from between the neck and the collar bone, with the adjoining parts, cut for cooking; as, a chuck steak; a chuck roast.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A holding device consisting of adjustable jaws that center a workpiece in a lathe or center a tool in a drill
  2. Informal terms for a meal
  3. The part of a forequarter from the neck to the ribs and including the shoulder blade
  4. Eject the contents of the stomach through the mouth
  5. Pat or squeeze fondly or playfully, especially under the chin
  6. Throw carelessly ("chuck the ball")
  7. Throw away ("Chuck these old notes")
Wiktionary
  1. A form of the male given name Charles, of mostly American usage.
  2. (Canada, slang) The city of Edmonton (so named because of the large Ukrainian population; -чук (-čuk) is common suffix in Ukrainian surnames).
  3. (usually in the plural) a Chuck Taylor All-Stars shoe.

Notable Persons Named Chuck

Chuck Schumer is a Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, Senate Democratic Conference Committee Vice-Chair & Policy Committee Chair, Chairman of theSenate Rules Committee, Member of theU.S. House of Representative. Chuck was born on November 23rd, 1950 in Brooklyn.

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Chuck Norris is an actor, martial artist, film producer, screenwriter, and martial arts. He was most active from 1968 to present. Chuck was given the name Carlos Ray Norris on March 10th, 1940 in Ryan, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Chuck Berry is a rock and roll musician. He plays Gibson ES-335. His most notable accomplishments were from 1955 to present. Chuck was given the name Charles Edward Anderson Berry on October 18th, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

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Chuck Yeager is a flight instructor.

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Chuck Connors was an actor and athlete. He was most prominent from 1952 to present. Chuck was given the name Kevin Joseph Connors on April 10th, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on November 10th, 1992.

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Chuck Liddell is a martial artist. Chuck was born on December 17th, 1969 in Santa Barbara, California, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Chuck

Charlie is also known as Kear and David.

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Barrelhouse Chuck is a chicago blues and electric blues pianist, singing, keyboard instrument, and songwriter. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, and Human voice. He was most prominent from 1970 to 1970. Barrelhouse was given the name Charles Goering on July 10th, 1958 in Columbus, Ohio. Barrelhouse is also known as Goering and Charles.

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Martin Chuck is a golf coach and inventor.

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Angela was born on February 14th, 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1914 8 0 8
1916 6 0 6
1919 10 0 10
1920 12 0 12
1921 11 0 11
1922 12 0 12
1923 11 0 11
1924 16 0 16
1925 12 0 12
1926 33 0 33
1927 28 0 28
1928 32 0 32
1929 27 0 27
1930 32 0 32
1931 30 0 30
1932 48 0 48
1933 51 0 51
1934 73 0 73
1935 68 0 68
1936 73 0 73
1937 98 0 98
1938 103 0 103
1939 87 0 87
1940 123 0 123
1941 135 0 135
1942 172 0 172
1943 187 0 187
1944 207 0 207
1945 245 0 245
1946 334 0 334
1947 356 0 356
1948 325 0 325
1949 265 0 265
1950 205 0 205
1951 146 0 146
1952 151 0 151
1953 161 0 161
1954 149 0 149
1955 205 0 205
1956 342 0 342
1957 630 0 630
1958 905 0 905
1959 1,221 0 1,221
1960 1,275 0 1,275
1961 1,283 0 1,283
1962 1,120 0 1,120
1963 973 0 973
1964 795 0 795
1965 594 0 594
1966 435 0 435
1967 373 0 373
1968 363 0 363
1969 409 0 409
1970 345 0 345
1971 268 0 268
1972 226 0 226
1973 186 0 186
1974 175 0 175
1975 210 0 210
1976 151 0 151
1977 137 0 137
1978 100 0 100
1979 78 0 78
1980 64 0 64
1981 67 0 67
1982 80 0 80
1983 66 0 66
1984 56 0 56
1985 58 0 58
1986 49 0 49
1987 47 0 47
1988 52 0 52
1989 36 0 36
1990 36 0 36
1991 25 0 25
1992 31 0 31
1993 30 0 30
1994 21 0 21
1995 13 0 13
1996 20 0 20
1997 20 0 20
1998 16 0 16
1999 12 0 12
2000 17 0 17
2001 17 0 17
2002 12 0 12
2003 9 0 9
2004 5 0 5
2005 9 0 9
2006 10 0 10
2007 15 0 15
2008 7 0 7
2009 10 0 10
2010 5 0 5
2012 9 0 9
2013 7 0 7
2014 13 0 13
2015 16 0 16
2016 12 0 12
2017 8 0 8

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Popularity of Chuck as a first name

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Popularity of Chuck as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Chuck U.S.
  White 42.15% 64.26%
  African American 8.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 35.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Chuck

People with the last name Chuck are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Chuck

  • What name lists does Chuck rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Chuck? Chuck is the 1,786th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chuck was the 26,873rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Chuck have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 17,821 babies born with the first name Chuck in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chuck to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chuck? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Chuck first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chuck is Wednesday, July 3rd, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Chuck born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chuck was in 1961 with a total of 1,283 babies. That's a lot of babies named Chuck!
  • Random Chuck Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Chuck ranks 98th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Wyoming. Imagine that, 8 babies in Wyoming have the same name as you in 1962.
  • Weird things about the name Chuck: Your name in reverse order is Kcuhc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ukcch. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Chuck? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 904 people with the last name Chuck.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chuck? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Chuck as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.