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Meaning and Origin

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  1. A town in northern Alabama on the Tennessee River
  2. A city in central Illinois; Abraham Lincoln practiced law here
  3. United States naval officer remembered for his heroic deeds (1779-1820)
  1. A city in Georgia, United States
  2. A city in Alabama, United States
  3. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Decatur

Decatur Dorsey is a military person. His military service ended in 1865.


Gibson was given the name Decatur Gibson Byrd on February 1st, 1923 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gibson is also known as Byrd and Decatur Gibson. He passed away on April 16th, 2002.


Decatur "Bucky" Trotter was a Maryland State Senate 24th District. Decatur was born on January 8th, 1932 in Washington, D.C. He passed away on May 3rd, 2004.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Decatur

Stephen Decatur was a board of navy commissioners. His military service ended in 1820. Stephen was born on January 5th, 1779 in Sinepuxent, Maryland. He breathed his last breath on March 22nd, 1820.


Art Decatur was a baseball player. Art was born on January 14th, 1894 in Cleveland. He left this life on April 25th, 1966.


Stephen was given the name Stephen Decatur Bross in 1813. He passed away in 1888.


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Popularity of Decatur as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Decatur U.S.
  White 76.56% 64.26%
  African American 19.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.89% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.78% 16.26%

Of Last Name Decatur

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

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Fun Facts about the name Decatur

  • How Popular is the name Decatur? Decatur is the 46,177th most popular name of all time. As a last name Decatur was the 26,949th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Decatur have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54 babies born with the first name Decatur in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Decatur? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Decatur first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Decatur is Friday, January 19th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Decatur born? The highest recorded use of the first name Decatur was in 1945 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Decatur: Your name in reverse order is Rutaced. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rcauedt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Decatur? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 900 people with the last name Decatur.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Decatur? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Decatur as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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