Destiny

First Name
144k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

What does the name Destiny mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Destiny

"Destiny" is a name of American origin, and it means "Fate". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Des"ti*ny
Senses
  1. That to which any person or thing is destined; predetermined state; condition foreordained by the Divine or by human will; fate; lot; doom."Thither he Will come to know his destiny." [Shak.]"No man of woman born, Coward or brave, can shun his destiny." [Bryant.]
  2. The fixed order of things; invincible necessity; fate; a resistless power or agency conceived of as determining the future, whether in general or of an individual."But who can turn the stream of destiny?" [Spenser.]"Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny." [Longfellow.]"Marked by the Destinies to be avoided." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. destinee destene, F. destinée, from destiner. See Destine

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
  2. The ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman) ("we are helpless in the face of destiny")
  3. Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you)
Wiktionary

From the noun destiny since the 1970s.

  1. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Destiny

She has been prominent since 2003. Miley was given the name Destiny Hope Cyrus by her parent Billy Ray Cyrus on November 23rd, 1992 in Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.

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Destiny was born on June 14th, 1992. Destiny is also known as Spice, Wavy; Nokia, and Princess.

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Destiny was born on August 24th, 1985 in Valencia, California, U.S.

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Destiny Chukunyere is a pop music, contemporary r&b, soul music, and funk student, singer, and singing. She plays Vocals. She has had major accomplishments since 2013. Destiny was born Destiny Chukunyere on January 19th, 2002 in Birkirkara.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Destiny

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Doctor Destiny is a comics character.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1956 5 5 0
1957 5 5 0
1959 6 6 0
1960 9 9 0
1962 8 8 0
1963 11 11 0
1964 13 13 0
1965 13 13 0
1966 20 20 0
1967 13 13 0
1968 26 26 0
1969 24 24 0
1970 37 37 0
1971 49 49 0
1972 58 58 0
1973 86 86 0
1974 117 117 0
1975 166 161 5
1976 185 185 0
1977 211 211 0
1978 324 324 0
1979 389 384 5
1980 446 440 6
1981 472 467 5
1982 477 469 8
1983 523 516 7
1984 569 564 5
1985 577 572 5
1986 605 605 0
1987 821 811 10
1988 957 941 16
1989 1,162 1,151 11
1990 1,415 1,408 7
1991 1,911 1,898 13
1992 2,626 2,610 16
1993 2,959 2,941 18
1994 4,103 4,088 15 #86 girl name
1995 5,395 5,380 15 #66 girl name
1996 5,870 5,856 14 #56 girl name
1997 6,751 6,726 25 #42 girl name
1998 8,177 8,153 24 #34 girl name
1999 9,193 9,172 21 #28 girl name
2000 9,873 9,848 25 #24 girl name
2001 9,770 9,747 23 #22 girl name
2002 7,818 7,799 19 #34 girl name
2003 6,989 6,972 17 #37 girl name
2004 6,574 6,543 31 #38 girl name
2005 6,900 6,884 16 #32 girl name
2006 6,317 6,303 14 #36 girl name
2007 5,743 5,731 12 #41 girl name
2008 5,317 5,304 13 #48 girl name
2009 4,612 4,604 8 #57 girl name
2010 3,735 3,725 10 #71 girl name
2011 3,271 3,261 10 #90 girl name
2012 2,723 2,711 12
2013 2,301 2,301 0
2014 2,070 2,063 7
2015 1,712 1,712 0
2016 1,587 1,573 14

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Popularity of Destiny as a first name

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Common last names for Destiny

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Fun Facts about the name Destiny

  • How Popular is the name Destiny? Destiny is the 489th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Destiny have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 144,096 babies born with the first name Destiny in the United States. That's more than enough people named Destiny to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Destiny? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1956 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Destiny first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Destiny is Monday, November 12th, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Destiny born? The highest recorded use of the first name Destiny was in 2000 with a total of 9,848 babies. That's a lot of babies named Destiny!
  • Random Destiny Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Destiny ranks 87th in popularity as a baby girl's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, 100 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Destiny: Your name in reverse order is Ynitsed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ysnidet. How do you pronounce that?

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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.
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