Dalton

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Origin and Meaning of Dalton

"Dalton" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the valley town". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dalton
John Dalton, scientist, born 1766, died 1844.
noun dalton
a unit of mass, approximately 1.66 x 10-24 grams; -- it is approximately equal to the mass of one hydrogen atom, but the exact value differs slightly as used in physics and chemistry. It is used mostly to describe the size of proteins and nucleic acids in biochemistry.

Note: Molecular weights are often expressed as dimensionless units, the unit being understood (in chemistry) to be the atomic mass unit with carbon equal to 14. Thus having a “molecular weight of 255” means the same as each molecule having a mass of 255 daltons.

Etymology: from the chemist John Dalton, proponent of the modern atomic theory of matter

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. English chemist and physicist who formulated atomic theory and the law of partial pressures; gave the first description of red-green color blindness (1766-1844)
Wiktionary

From Old English dæl (“valley”) + tun (“settlement”).

  1. Any of several places in the north of England and in Scotland
  2. A habitational surname​.
  3. John Dalton, English chemist.
  4. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  5. (chemistry) a former unit of atomic mass equivalent to 1/16 the mass of an oxygen atom; now replaced by the atomic mass unit (or dalton)

Notable Persons Named Dalton

Dalton Trumbo was a screenwriter. Dalton was given the name James Dalton Trumbo on December 9th, 1905 in Montrose, Colorado, U.S. He died on September 10th, 1976.

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Dalton was born on March 4th, 1986 in Albany, New York, United States.

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Dalton Prout is a hockey player for the Columbus Blue Jackets in the National Hockey League. He was most active from 2011 to present. Dalton was born on March 13th, 1990 in LaSalle, Ontario.

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Dalton McGuinty is a Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, 24th Premier of Ontario, Leader of the Opposition, Ontario MPP, Leader of the Opposition (Ontario), and Member of Provincial Parliament (Ontario). Dalton was born on July 19th, 1955 in Ottawa.

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Dalton Philips is a businessman. He holds the title Leaving Chief Executive of Morrisons plc and Leaving Chief Executive ofMorrisonsplc. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Dalton was given the name Timothy David Dalton Philips on February 18th, 1968.

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Dalton Pompey is an athlete for the Toronto Blue Jays. Dalton was born on December 11th, 1992 in Mississauga.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dalton

Timothy Dalton is an actor. He was most active from 1964 to present. Timothy was born on March 21st, 1944 in Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales, United Kingdom.

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John Dalton was a scientist. John was born on September 6th, 1766 in Eaglesfield, Cumberland, England. He breathed his last breath on July 27th, 1844.

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Tania was born on November 26th, 1971.

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Brett Dalton is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Brett was given the name Brett Patrick Dalton on January 7th, 1983 in San Jose, California.

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Abby Dalton is an actress. She was most prominent from 1957 to 2008. Abby was given the name Marlene Wasden on August 15th, 1932 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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Andy Dalton is a football player. Andy was born on October 29th, 1987 in Katy, Texas.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 5 0 5
1884 6 0 6
1885 8 0 8
1889 6 0 6
1890 5 0 5
1892 5 0 5
1893 8 0 8
1894 13 0 13
1895 11 0 11
1896 7 0 7
1897 7 0 7
1898 7 0 7
1900 16 0 16
1902 13 0 13
1903 9 0 9
1904 8 0 8
1905 11 0 11
1906 8 0 8
1907 13 0 13
1908 16 0 16
1909 15 0 15
1910 22 0 22
1911 23 0 23
1912 50 0 50
1913 61 0 61
1914 66 0 66
1915 93 0 93
1916 126 5 121
1917 113 0 113
1918 106 0 106
1919 123 0 123
1920 143 0 143
1921 147 0 147
1922 159 0 159
1923 138 0 138
1924 145 5 140
1925 177 0 177
1926 150 5 145
1927 161 0 161
1928 128 0 128
1929 136 5 131
1930 143 0 143
1931 145 0 145
1932 159 0 159
1933 143 0 143
1934 143 0 143
1935 163 5 158
1936 149 0 149
1937 140 0 140
1938 118 0 118
1939 122 0 122
1940 128 0 128
1941 139 0 139
1942 126 0 126
1943 137 0 137
1944 114 0 114
1945 104 0 104
1946 131 0 131
1947 129 0 129
1948 125 0 125
1949 118 0 118
1950 99 0 99
1951 122 0 122
1952 119 0 119
1953 96 0 96
1954 93 0 93
1955 104 0 104
1956 94 0 94
1957 98 0 98
1958 98 0 98
1959 95 0 95
1960 92 0 92
1961 74 0 74
1962 86 0 86
1963 83 0 83
1964 103 0 103
1965 55 0 55
1966 64 0 64
1967 88 0 88
1968 80 0 80
1969 108 0 108
1970 91 0 91
1971 94 0 94
1972 73 0 73
1973 70 0 70
1974 63 0 63
1975 49 0 49
1976 56 0 56
1977 77 0 77
1978 52 0 52
1979 69 0 69
1980 74 0 74
1981 88 0 88
1982 94 0 94
1983 108 0 108
1984 108 0 108
1985 129 0 129
1986 159 0 159
1987 204 5 199
1988 220 6 214
1989 407 5 402
1990 1,577 5 1,572
1991 2,365 12 2,353
1992 2,918 17 2,901
1993 3,409 16 3,393
1994 4,266 22 4,244 #85 boy name
1995 4,218 28 4,190 #87 boy name
1996 3,998 19 3,979 #99 boy name
1997 4,261 24 4,237 #90 boy name
1998 4,588 25 4,563 #88 boy name
1999 4,561 20 4,541 #85 boy name
2000 4,470 25 4,445 #91 boy name
2001 3,909 14 3,895 #98 boy name
2002 3,295 13 3,282
2003 2,865 8 2,857
2004 2,483 32 2,451
2005 2,254 0 2,254
2006 1,950 12 1,938
2007 1,845 13 1,832
2008 1,743 7 1,736
2009 1,485 11 1,474
2010 1,333 5 1,328
2011 1,267 0 1,267
2012 1,235 7 1,228
2013 1,102 6 1,096
2014 1,117 7 1,110
2015 1,046 0 1,046
2016 1,045 7 1,038

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Popularity of Dalton as a first name

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Popularity of Dalton as a last name

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Common last names for Dalton

  • Smith
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Miller
  • Thomas
  • Allen
  • Walker
  • Wright
  • White
  • Hill

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dalton U.S.
  White 86.84% 64.26%
  African American 7.71% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.57% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.32% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dalton

People with the last name Dalton are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dalton

  • How Popular is the name Dalton? Dalton is the 743rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Dalton was the 654th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dalton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 79,881 babies born with the first name Dalton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dalton to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dalton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Dalton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dalton is Thursday, February 13th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Dalton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dalton was in 1998 with a total of 4,563 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dalton!
  • Random Dalton Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dalton ranks 59th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 55 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Dalton: Your name in reverse order is Notlad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tolnda. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dalton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 52,184 people with the last name Dalton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dalton? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Dalton 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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