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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Com"mo*dore`
  1. [U. S. Navy] An officer who ranks next above a captain; sometimes, by courtesy, the senior captain of a squadron. The rank of commodore corresponds with that of brigadier general in the army.
  2. [British Navy] A captain commanding a squadron, or a division of a fleet, or having the temporary rank of rear admiral.
  3. A title given by courtesy to the senior captain of a line of merchant vessels, and also to the chief officer of a yachting or rowing club.
  4. A familiar for the flagship, or for the principal vessel of a squadron or fleet.

Etymology: Prob. a corruption of commander, or Sp. comendador a knight of a military order who holds a commandery; also a superior of a monastery, fr. LL. commendare to command. Cf. Commend Command Commander

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  1. A commissioned naval officer who ranks above a captain and below a rear admiral; the lowest grade of admiral

Borrowing from Dutch kommandeur, from French commandeur, from Old French comandeor (“commander”).

  1. (military, nautical) A naval officer holding a rank between captain and rear admiral.
  2. (nautical) A (temporary) commander over a collection of ships who is not an admiral.
  3. (nautical) The president of a yacht club
  4. (US, military, nautical) A commodore admiral
  5. (US, military, nautical) A rear admiral (lower half)

commodore was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Commodore

Commodore Nutt was an entertainer. Commodore was given the name George Washington Morrison Nutt on April 1st, 1848 in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States of America. Commodore is also known as General Tom Thumb (P.T Barnum). He left this life on May 25th, 1881.


Commodore was born on September 11th, 1750 in London. He left this life on February 23rd, 1829.


His military service ended in 1861. Commodore was born in 1794. Commodore is also known as Commodore Mayo. He left this life on May 18th, 1861.


Commodore was born on February 23rd, 1838. He left this life on December 24th, 1910.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Commodore

Mike Commodore is an ice hockey player. He was most active from 2000 to 2014. Mike was born on November 7th, 1979 in Fort Saskatchewan.


Frederick Commodore is a soccer player for the Accra Hearts of Oak SC, VfR Mannheim, Chongqing Lifan F.C., Alemannia Aachen, G.D. Chaves, Rochester Rhinos, and Montreal Impact (1992–2011). Frederick was born on August 17th, 1975.


Margaret Commodore is an MLA for Whitehorse North Centre, MLA for Whitehorse Centre, MLAforWhitehorse North Centre, and MLAforWhitehorse Centre. Margaret was born in Chilliwack.


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Popularity of Commodore as a last name

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Common last names for Commodore

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Commodore U.S.
  White 14.89% 64.26%
  African American 75.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.82% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Commodore

People with the last name Commodore are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Commodore

  • How Popular is the name Commodore? Commodore is the 19,517th most popular name of all time. As a last name Commodore was the 25,403rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Commodore have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 368 babies born with the first name Commodore in the United States. That's more than enough people named Commodore 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 Commodore? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Commodore first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Commodore is Friday, August 20th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Commodore born? The highest recorded use of the first name Commodore was in 1923 with a total of 20 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Commodore: Your name in reverse order is Erodommoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rmdmeoooc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Commodore? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 974 people with the last name Commodore.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Commodore? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Commodore as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k 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.
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