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Origin and Meaning of Deem

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Deem
  1. To decide; to judge; to sentence; to condemn.(Obs)"Claudius . . . Was demed for to hang upon a tree." [Chaucer.]
  2. To account; to esteem; to think; to judge; to hold in opinion; to regard."For never can I deem him less him less than god." [Dryden.]

Etymology: OE. demen to judge, condemn, AS. dēman, fr. dōm doom; akin to OFries. dēma, OS. adōmian, D. doemen, OHG. tuommen, Icel. dæma, Sw. dömma, Dan. dömme, Goth. dōmjan. See Doom (n.), and cf. Doom (v.)

verb Deem
  1. To be of opinion; to think; to estimate; to opine; to suppose."And deemest thou as those who pore, With aged eyes, short way before?" [Emerson.]
  2. To pass judgment.(Obs)
noun Deem
Opinion; judgment.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Keep in mind or convey as a conviction or view

Notable Persons With the Last Name Deem


George was born on August 18th, 1932. He died on August 11th, 2008.


Paul was born on August 16th, 1957.


Muriel was born on February 26th, 1900 in Wellington. She left this life on October 26th, 1955.


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Popularity of Deem as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Deem U.S.
  White 94.78% 64.26%
  African American 0.64% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.71% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.28% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.63% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.96% 16.26%

Of Last Name Deem

People with the last name Deem are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Deem

  • How Popular is the name Deem? Deem is the 42,881st most popular name of all time. As a last name Deem was the 9,917th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Deem have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 66 babies born with the first name Deem in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Deem? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2012 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Deem first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Deem is Tuesday, March 4th, 1902.
  • What year had the most people named Deem born? The highest recorded use of the first name Deem was in 2017 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Deem: Your name in reverse order is Meed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Emed. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Deem? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,258 people with the last name Deem.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Deem? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Deem 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).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.