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Origin and Meaning of Crew

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  • A user from Alabama, United States says the name Crew is of English origin and means "The family of which never gives up".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Crew
The Manx shearwater.
noun Crew
  1. A company of people associated together; an assemblage; a throng."There a noble crew Of lords and ladies stood on every side." [Spenser.]"Faithful to whom? to thy rebellious crew?" [Milton.]
  2. The company of seamen who man a ship, vessel, or at; the company belonging to a vessel or a boat.
  3. In an extended sense, any small body of men associated for a purpose; a gang; as [Naut] , the carpenter's crew; the boatswain's crew .
    synonyms: Company; band; gang; horde; mob; herd; throng; party.

Note: ☞ The word crew, in law, is ordinarily used as equivalent to ship's company, including master and other officers. When the master and other officers are excluded, the context always shows it.

Etymology: From older accrue accession, reenforcement, hence, company, crew; the first syllable being misunderstood as the indefinite article. See Accrue Crescent

(imp.) of Crow
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  1. An organized group of workmen
  2. The men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
  3. The team of men manning a racing shell
  4. An informal body of friends
  5. Serve as a crew member on

from Middle English, from Old French creue (“an increase, recruit, military reinforcement”), the feminine past participle of creistre (“grow”), from Latin crescere (“to arise, grow”)

  1. A group of people (often staff) manning and operating a large facility or piece of equipment such as a factory, ship, boat, or airplane.
    If you need help, please contact a member of the .
    The of the two ships got into a fight.
  2. (plural: crew) A member of the crew of a vessel or plant.
    One died in the accident.
  3. (obsolete) Any company of people; an assemblage; a throng.
  4. (nautical, plural: crew) A member of a ship's company who is not an officer.
    The officers and assembled on the deck.
    There are quarters for three officers and five .
  5. (art) The group of workers on a dramatic production who are not part of the cast.
    There are a lot of carpenters in the !
    The for different movies would all come down to the bar at night.
  6. (art, plural: crew) A worker on a dramatic production who is not part of the cast.
    There were three actors and six on the set.
  7. A group of people working together on a task.
    The competed to cut the most timber.
  8. (informal, often derogatory) A close group of friends.
    I'd look out for that whole down at Jack's.
  9. (often derogatory) A set of individuals lumped together by the speaker.
  10. (informal) A group of people, especially friends or associates.
  11. (Scouting) A group of Rovers.
  12. (slang, hip-hop) A hip-hop group
  13. (sports, rowing, US, uncountable) The sport of competitive rowing.
  14. (rowing) A rowing team manning a single shell.

Probably of Brythonic origin.

  1. (Britain, dialectal) A pen for livestock such as chickens or pigs

    Notable Persons Named Crew

    Crew was born on May 9th, 1911. Crew is also known as Stoneley and Crew Hadlett. He died on August 27th, 2002.



    Notable Persons With the Last Name Crew

    Amanda Crew is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Amanda was born on June 5th, 1986 in Langley, British Columbia (city).


    Ripper is also known as The Chicago Rippers and The Ripper Crew.


    Carl Crew is an actor, screenwriter, and author. Carl was given the name Carl Albert Crew on August 2nd, 1961.


    Rudy was born on September 10th, 1950.


    Gary Crew is a children's books, young adult fiction, and young-adult fiction writer. Gary was born on September 23rd, 1947 in Brisbane.


    Debra A. Crew is a president and coo and r. j. reynolds tobacco company. Her ongoing career started in 2014. Debra was born on December 20th, 1970.


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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1995 6 0 6
    1996 5 0 5
    1997 10 0 10
    1998 15 0 15
    1999 12 0 12
    2000 16 0 16
    2001 26 0 26
    2002 33 0 33
    2003 22 0 22
    2004 44 0 44
    2005 49 0 49
    2006 83 0 83
    2007 98 0 98
    2008 125 0 125
    2009 144 0 144
    2010 194 0 194
    2011 210 0 210
    2012 294 0 294
    2013 317 0 317
    2014 368 0 368
    2015 350 5 345
    2016 334 0 334
    2017 344 5 339

    Where is the name Crew popular?

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    Popularity of Crew as a first name

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    Popularity of Crew as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Crew U.S.
      White 67.56% 64.26%
      African American 26.49% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.88% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.43% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Crew

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Crew

    • How Popular is the name Crew? Crew is the 5,120th most popular name of all time. As a last name Crew was the 8,127th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Crew have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,099 babies born with the first name Crew in the United States. That's more than enough people named Crew to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Crew? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1995 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Crew first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Crew is Thursday, October 25th, 1894.
    • What year had the most people named Crew born? The highest recorded use of the first name Crew was in 2014 with a total of 368 babies.
    • Random Crew Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Crew ranks 98th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 58 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2011.
    • Weird things about the name Crew: Your name in reverse order is Werc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Crew. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Crew? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,081 people with the last name Crew.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Crew? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Crew as their last name.

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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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