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Meaning and Origin

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  1. Small highly nutritious seed of the tropical pigeon-pea plant
  2. Tropical woody herb with showy yellow flowers and flat pods; much cultivated in the tropics

From Hindi दाल (dāl) or a cognate thereof.

  1. Any of many dried husked pulses (legume), including peas, beans and lentils.
  2. A dish made from lentils, cooked with spices, tomatoes and onions etc.
  3. A tropical herb with yellow flowers; the pigeon pea.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Dahl

Roald Dahl was a children's, adults' literature, horror, mystery, fantasy, and terror writer. He was most active from 1942 to 1990. Roald was born on September 13th, 1916 in Llandaff, Cardiff, Wales. He breathed his last breath on November 23rd, 1990.


Arlene Dahl is an actress, businesswoman, and columnist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1947 to present. Arlene was given the name Arlene Carol Dahl on August 11th, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.


Tessa Dahl is a novelist and journalist. Tessa was given the name Chantal Sophia Dahl by her parents Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal on April 11th, 1957.


Robert A. Dahl was a scientist. Robert was born on December 17th, 1915 in Inwood, Iowa. He passed away on February 5th, 2014.


Lucy was given the name Lucy Neal Dahl on August 4th, 1965 in England, UK.


Ophelia Dahl is a social justice, health care advocate, health care, and health careadvocate. Ophelia was given the name Ophelia Magdalena Dahl by her parents Roald Dahl and Patricia Neal on May 12th, 1964 in Oxford.


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Popularity of Dahl as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dahl U.S.
  White 94.45% 64.26%
  African American 0.51% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.66% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dahl

People with the last name Dahl are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dahl

  • How Popular is the name Dahl? Dahl is the 31,059th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dahl was the 1,669th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dahl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 147 babies born with the first name Dahl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dahl 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 Dahl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1922 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Dahl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dahl is Thursday, November 2nd, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Dahl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dahl was in 1940 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Dahl: Your name in reverse order is Lhad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dalh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dahl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 21,598 people with the last name Dahl.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dahl? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Dahl 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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