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Origin and Meaning of Courage

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  • According to a user from Nigeria, the name Courage is of English origin and means "Bravely".
  • A user from South Africa says the name Courage is of French origin and means "Bravery".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cour"age
  1. The heart; spirit; temper; disposition.(Obs)"So priketh hem nature in here corages." [Chaucer.]"My lord, cheer up your spirits; our foes are nigh, and this soft courage makes your followers faint." [Shak.]
  2. Heart; inclination; desire; will.(Obs)"I'd such a courage to do him good." [Shak.]
  3. That quality of mind which enables one to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness, or without fear, or fainting of heart; valor; boldness; resolution."The king-becoming graces . . . Devotion, patience, courage, fortitude, I have no relish of them." [Shak.]" Courage that grows from constitution often forsakes a man when he has occasion for it." [Addison.]
    synonyms: Heroism; bravery; intrepidity; valor; gallantry; daring; firmness; hardihood; boldness; dauntlessness; resolution.

Usage: See Heroism.Courage Bravery Fortitude Intrepidity Gallantry Valor. Courage is that firmness of spirit and swell of soul which meets danger without fear. Bravery is daring and impetuous courage, like that of one who has the reward continually in view, and displays his courage in daring acts. Fortitude has often been styled “passive courage,” and consist in the habit of encountering danger and enduring pain with a steadfast and unbroken spirit. Valor is courage exhibited in war, and can not be applied to single combats; it is never used figuratively. Intrepidity is firm, unshaken courage. Gallantry is adventurous courage, which courts danger with a high and cheerful spirit. A man may show courage fortitude, or intrepidity in the common pursuits of life, as well as in war. Valor bravery, and gallantry are displayed in the contest of arms. Valor belongs only to battle; bravery may be shown in single combat; gallantry may be manifested either in attack or defense; but in the latter case, the defense is usually turned into an attack.

Etymology: OE. corage heart, mind, will, courage, OF. corage, F. courage, fr. a LL. derivative of L. cor heart. See Heart

verb Cour"age
To inspire with courage; to encourage.
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  1. A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear

Borrowing from Old French corage (French courage), from Vulgar Latin *coraticum, from Latin cor (“heart”). Distantly related to cardiac (“of the heart”), which is from Greek, but from the same Proto-Indo-European root.

  1. The quality of a confident character not to be afraid or intimidated easily but without being incautious or inconsiderate.
    "A great part of is the courage of having done the thing before." —Ralph Waldo Emerson
    It takes a lot of to be successful in business.
  2. The ability to do things which one finds frightening.
    " is not the absence of fear. It is acting in spite of it." —Mark Twain
    He plucked up the to tell her how he felt.

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

Notable Persons Named Courage

Courage Quashigah was a politician. Courage was born on September 9th, 1947 in Kedzi, Ghana. He left this life on January 5th, 2010.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Courage

Piers Courage is a formula one racer.


Mother Courage is a fictional character.


James was born on February 9th, 1903 in Christchurch. He breathed his last breath on October 5th, 1963.


John was born in 1915. He died on May 20th, 1970.


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Popularity of Courage as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Courage U.S.
  White 83.28% 64.26%
  African American 7.07% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.54% 16.26%

Of Last Name Courage

People with the last name Courage are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Courage

  • How Popular is the name Courage? Courage is the 27,430th most popular name of all time. As a last name Courage was the 64,054th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Courage have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 192 babies born with the first name Courage in the United States. That's more than enough people named Courage 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 Courage? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1990 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Courage first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Courage is Saturday, January 3rd, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Courage born? The highest recorded use of the first name Courage was in 2016 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Courage: Your name in reverse order is Egaruoc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Earucgo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Courage? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 311 people with the last name Courage.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Courage? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Courage as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k 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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