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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dea"con
  1. [Eccl] An officer in Christian churches appointed to perform certain subordinate duties varying in different communions. In the Roman Catholic and Episcopal churches, a person admitted to the lowest order in the ministry, subordinate to the bishops and priests. In Presbyterian churches, he is subordinate to the minister and elders, and has charge of certain duties connected with the communion service and the care of the poor. In Congregational churches, he is subordinate to the pastor, and has duties as in the Presbyterian church.
  2. The chairman of an incorporated company.(Scot)

Etymology: OE. diakne deakne deken, AS. diacon deacon, L. diaconus, fr. Gr. dia`konos a servant or minister, a minister of the church; of uncertain origin. In sense 2 prob. confused with dean

verb Dea"con
  1. To read aloud each line of (a psalm or hymn) before singing it, -- usually with off.(Colloq. New. Eng)Line(v. t.)
  2. With humorous reference to hypocritical posing: To pack (fruit or vegetables) with the finest specimens on top; to alter slyly the boundaries of (land); to adulterate or doctor (an article to be sold), etc.(Colloq., U. S)

Note: ☞ The expression is derived from a former custom in the Congregational churches of New England. It was part of the office of a deacon to read aloud the psalm given out, one line at a time, the congregation singing each line as soon as read; -- called, also, lining out the psalm.

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  1. A cleric ranking just below a priest in Christian churches; one of the Holy Orders
  2. A Protestant layman who assists the minister

From Old English diacon, from Ecclesiastical Latin diaconus, from Ancient Greek διᾱ́κονος (diā́konos, “servant, minister”).

  1. (Church history) A designated minister of charity in the early Church (see Acts 6:1-6).
  2. (Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism) A clergyman ranked directly below a priest, with duties of helping the priests and carrying out parish work.
  3. (Protestantism) Free Churches: A lay leader of a congregation who assists the pastor.
  4. (Protestantism) Anglicanism: An ordained clergyman usually serving a year prior to being ordained presbyter, though in some cases they remain a permanent deacon.
  5. (Protestantism) Methodism: A separate office from that of minister, neither leading to the other; instead there is a permanent deaconate.
  6. (freemasonry) A junior lodge officer.
  7. (Mormonism) The lowest office in the Aaronic priesthood, generally held by 12 or 13 year old boys or recent converts.
  8. (US, animal husbandry) A male calf of a dairy breed, so called because they are usually deaconed (see below).
  9. (Scotland) The chairman of an incorporated company.

Notable Persons Named Deacon

Deacon Jones was a football player for the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Washington Redskins. Deacon was born on December 9th, 1938 in Eatonville, Florida, U.S. He breathed his last breath on June 3rd, 2013.


Deacon Frost is a comics character.


Deacon Joseph Blackfire is a comics character.



Deacon White was a baseball. Deacon was born on December 7th, 1847 in Caton, New York. He left this life on July 7th, 1939.


Deacon Phillippe was a baseball player. Deacon was born on May 23rd, 1872 in Rural Retreat, Virginia. He died on March 30th, 1952.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Deacon

John Deacon is a rock music musician. He plays Fender Precision Bass, Music Man StingRay, and Rickenbacker 4001. He was most active from 1965 to 1997. John was given the name John Richard Deacon on August 19th, 1951 in Leicester, England.


Giles was born in 1969 in Darlington, England.


Richard Deacon was a film and television actor. His career lasted from 1953 to 1984. Richard was born on May 14th, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. He left this life on August 8th, 1984.


Adam Deacon is an actor, writer, director, and rapper. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Adam was born on March 4th, 1983 in Hackney, London, England.


Brian Deacon is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to present. Brian was born on February 13th, 1949 in Oxford.


Gladys was given the name Gladys Marie Deacon in 1881 in Paris. She breathed her last breath in 1977.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1971 15 0 15
1972 6 0 6
1973 8 0 8
1974 12 0 12
1975 14 0 14
1976 16 0 16
1977 10 0 10
1978 15 0 15
1979 11 0 11
1980 10 0 10
1981 14 0 14
1982 6 0 6
1983 8 0 8
1984 11 0 11
1985 10 0 10
1986 7 0 7
1987 7 0 7
1988 8 0 8
1989 6 0 6
1990 5 0 5
1991 10 0 10
1992 6 0 6
1993 11 0 11
1994 11 0 11
1995 10 0 10
1996 15 0 15
1997 15 0 15
1998 13 0 13
1999 46 0 46
2000 74 0 74
2001 126 0 126
2002 142 0 142
2003 127 0 127
2004 192 0 192
2005 240 0 240
2006 325 0 325
2007 386 0 386
2008 380 0 380
2009 352 0 352
2010 336 0 336
2011 358 0 358
2012 352 0 352
2013 654 0 654
2014 733 0 733
2015 667 0 667
2016 650 0 650
2017 575 0 575

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Deacon U.S.
  White 87.90% 64.26%
  African American 4.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.04% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.05% 16.26%

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People with the last name Deacon are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Deacon

  • How Popular is the name Deacon? Deacon is the 3,094th most popular name of all time. As a last name Deacon was the 9,756th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Deacon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,005 babies born with the first name Deacon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Deacon to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Deacon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  • When was Deacon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Deacon is Thursday, January 23rd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Deacon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Deacon was in 2014 with a total of 733 babies.
  • Random Deacon Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Deacon is not a popular baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Deacon: Your name in reverse order is Nocaed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Naecod. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Deacon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,322 people with the last name Deacon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Deacon? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Deacon 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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