December

First Name
1k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
187
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of December

"December" is a name of English origin, and it means "Born in December". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun De*cem"ber
Senses
  1. The twelfth and last month of the year, containing thirty-one days. During this month occurs the winter solstice.
  2. Fig.: With reference to the end of the year and to the winter season; as, the December of his life.

Etymology: F. décembre, from L. December, fr. decem ten; this being the tenth month among the early Romans, who began the year in March. See Ten

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The last (12th) month of the year
Wiktionary

From Middle English decembre, from Old French decembre, from Latin december (“tenth month”), from Latin decem (“ten”); December was the tenth month in the Roman calendar.

  1. The twelfth and last month of the Gregorian calendar, following November and preceding the January of the following year.
    Synonyms: Yulemonth

December was also found in the following language(s): Scots

Notable Persons Named December

December Ngobeni is a soccer player for the Hanover Park F.C. and Platinum Stars F.C. December was born on December 18th, 1975 in South Africa.

Popularity:

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1960 5 5 0
1961 6 6 0
1963 8 8 0
1964 11 11 0
1965 8 8 0
1966 7 7 0
1967 6 6 0
1968 8 8 0
1969 5 5 0
1970 5 5 0
1972 7 7 0
1973 10 10 0
1974 17 17 0
1975 19 19 0
1976 20 20 0
1977 24 24 0
1978 26 26 0
1979 32 32 0
1980 26 26 0
1981 25 25 0
1982 17 17 0
1983 17 17 0
1984 22 22 0
1985 17 17 0
1986 33 33 0
1987 18 18 0
1988 24 24 0
1989 26 26 0
1990 20 20 0
1991 24 24 0
1992 25 25 0
1993 24 24 0
1994 25 25 0
1995 40 40 0
1996 33 33 0
1997 42 42 0
1998 34 34 0
1999 32 32 0
2000 27 27 0
2001 28 28 0
2002 27 27 0
2003 30 30 0
2004 35 35 0
2005 31 31 0
2006 29 29 0
2007 32 32 0
2008 36 36 0
2009 45 45 0
2010 31 31 0
2011 34 34 0
2012 46 46 0
2013 33 33 0
2014 43 43 0
2015 40 40 0
2016 38 32 6

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Popularity of December as a first name

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Popularity of December as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity December U.S.
  White 57.22% 64.26%
  African American 32.09% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name December

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

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Fun Facts about the name December

  • How Popular is the name December? December is the 8,653rd most popular name of all time. As a last name December was the 97,210th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name December have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,333 babies born with the first name December in the United States. That's more than enough people named December to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named December? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1960 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was December first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name December is Thursday, December 25th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named December born? The highest recorded use of the first name December was in 2012 with a total of 46 babies.
  • Random December Factoid: According to the 1976 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name December is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1976.
  • Weird things about the name December: Your name in reverse order is Rebmeced. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rebmeecd. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name December? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 187 people with the last name December.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of December? December is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.