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Origin and Meaning of Coca

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Co"ca
The dried leaf of a South American shrub (Erythroxylon Coca). In med., called Erythroxylon.

Note: ☞ Coca leaves resemble tea leaves in size, shape, and odor, and are chewed (with an alkali) by natives of Peru and Bolivia to impart vigor in prolonged exertion, or to sustain strength in absence of food.

Etymology: Sp., fr. native name

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Dried leaves of the coca plant (and related plants that also contain cocaine); chewed by Andean people for their stimulating effect
  2. United States comedienne who starred in early television shows with Sid Caesar (1908-2001)
  3. A South American shrub whose leaves are chewed by natives of the Andes; a source of cocaine

Borrowing from Spanish coca, from Quechua kuka, perhaps from Aymara.

  1. Any of the four cultivated plants which belong to the family Erythroxylaceae, native to western South America.
  2. The dried leaf of one of these plants, the South American shrub (Erythroxylum coca), widely cultivated in Andean countries, which is the source of cocaine.

coca was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swazi, and Xhosa

Notable Persons Named Coca

Coca Guazzini is an actor and actress. Coca was given the name Silvia Beatriz Guazzini Monsalve on December 22nd, 1953 in Santiago,.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Coca

Imogene Coca was an actress. Her career lasted from 1925 to 1996. Imogene was given the name Emogeane Coca on November 18th, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. She breathed her last breath on June 2nd, 2001.


Juan Coca is a soccer player for the Kultsu FC, Notre Dame College, Guaynabo Fluminense FC, Liverpool Warriors, Burgos CF, Puerto Rico national under-20 football team, and Puerto Rico national football team. Juan was born on May 31st, 1993 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.



Valentin Coca is a soccer player for the FC Caransebeș, FC Argeș Pitești, CS Mioveni, and ACS Poli Timișoara. Valentin was born on September 2nd, 1987 in Pitești.


Diego Coca is a sports team member for the C.D. Águila.


Daniel Coca is a sports team member for the The Strongest.


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Popularity of Coca as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Coca U.S.
  White 17.95% 64.26%
  African American 0.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 78.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Coca

People with the last name Coca are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Coca

  • How Popular is the name Coca? As a last name Coca was the 13,955th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Coca first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Coca is Tuesday, December 17th, 1878.
  • How unique is the name Coca? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Coca. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Coca: Your name in reverse order is Acoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ocac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Coca? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,162 people with the last name Coca.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Coca? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Coca as their last name since less than 1 person in 137k 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).
  • 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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