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Dewey

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35k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
12k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Dewey

"Dewey" is a name of Welsh origin, and it means "Beloved". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States pragmatic philosopher who advocated progressive education (1859-1952)
  2. A United States naval officer remembered for his victory at Manila Bay in the Spanish-American War
  3. United States librarian who founded the decimal system of classification (1851-1931)
Wiktionary

Possibly from a place name in Northern France, Douai. Welsh origin from Dewi (David) has also been suggested.

  1. An American surname​.
  2. A male given name derived from the surname, popular in the U.S. in the 1890s.

Notable Persons Named Dewey

Dewey Bunnell is a musician. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 1969. Dewey was given the name Lee Martin Bunnell on January 19th, 1952 in Harrogate.

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Dewey Martin was a musician. Dewey was given the name Walter Milton Dwayne Midkiff on September 30th, 1940 in Chesterville, Ontario, Canada. He left this life on January 31st, 2009.

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Pigmeat Markham was a comedian, actor, singer, dancer, singing, and dance. He was most active from 1917 to 1917. Pigmeat was given the name Dewey Markham on April 18th, 1904 in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. He passed away on December 13th, 1981.

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Spooner Oldham is a songwriter and session musician. He plays Organ (music), Piano, and Keyboard instrument. He has had major accomplishments since 1960. Spooner was given the name Dewey Lindon Oldham, Jr. on June 14th, 1943 in United States.

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Dewey was born in 1959.

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Dewey was born in 1945.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dewey

John Dewey was a philosopher. John was born on October 20th, 1859 in Burlington, Vermont. He passed away on June 1st, 1952.

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Thomas Dewey was a District Attorney of New York County and New York County District Attorney. Thomas was born on March 24th, 1902 in Owosso, Michigan. He breathed his last breath on March 16th, 1971.

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George Dewey is a military person. His military service ended in 1917.

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Tommy Dewey is an actor, producer, and writer. He was most prominent from 2001 to present. Tommy was given the name Thomas R. Dewey on August 3rd, 1978 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Melvil Dewey was a librarian, resort developer, and reformer. Melvil was given the name Melville Louis Kossuth Dewey on December 10th, 1851 in Adams Center, New York. Melvil is also known as Melvil Dewey and Melvil Dui. He breathed his last breath on December 26th, 1931.

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Duane Edgar Dewey is a military person. His military service ended in 1952.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1887 5 0 5
1888 7 0 7
1889 13 0 13
1890 16 0 16
1891 9 0 9
1892 8 0 8
1893 8 0 8
1894 17 0 17
1895 28 0 28
1896 63 0 63
1897 171 13 158
1898 1,219 104 1,115 #19 boy name
1899 523 24 499 #39 boy name
1900 354 9 345 #75 boy name
1901 144 7 137
1902 141 5 136
1903 147 7 140
1904 97 0 97
1905 99 0 99
1906 89 6 83
1907 98 5 93
1908 99 0 99
1909 91 0 91
1910 87 0 87
1911 107 0 107
1912 172 6 166
1913 179 7 172
1914 212 7 205
1915 286 0 286
1916 363 6 357
1917 425 8 417
1918 576 20 556
1919 621 14 607
1920 630 11 619
1921 778 16 762
1922 727 13 714
1923 780 18 762
1924 783 11 772
1925 817 18 799
1926 782 15 767
1927 734 14 720
1928 689 13 676
1929 650 17 633
1930 671 18 653
1931 608 11 597
1932 595 13 582
1933 532 12 520
1934 525 11 514
1935 515 12 503
1936 506 6 500
1937 488 9 479
1938 508 7 501
1939 484 5 479
1940 551 9 542
1941 481 5 476
1942 514 7 507
1943 566 0 566
1944 658 5 653
1945 478 0 478
1946 526 5 521
1947 553 0 553
1948 614 0 614
1949 468 7 461
1950 399 6 393
1951 418 0 418
1952 420 0 420
1953 390 0 390
1954 392 0 392
1955 402 0 402
1956 394 5 389
1957 366 0 366
1958 329 0 329
1959 330 0 330
1960 316 0 316
1961 302 0 302
1962 279 0 279
1963 291 0 291
1964 281 0 281
1965 271 0 271
1966 235 0 235
1967 207 0 207
1968 225 0 225
1969 217 0 217
1970 228 0 228
1971 220 0 220
1972 182 0 182
1973 149 0 149
1974 159 0 159
1975 165 0 165
1976 134 0 134
1977 139 0 139
1978 119 0 119
1979 141 0 141
1980 135 0 135
1981 105 0 105
1982 108 0 108
1983 99 0 99
1984 93 0 93
1985 67 0 67
1986 88 0 88
1987 74 0 74
1988 76 0 76
1989 77 0 77
1990 65 0 65
1991 62 0 62
1992 68 0 68
1993 51 0 51
1994 44 0 44
1995 36 0 36
1996 50 0 50
1997 37 0 37
1998 50 0 50
1999 29 0 29
2000 32 0 32
2001 24 0 24
2002 33 0 33
2003 30 0 30
2004 38 0 38
2005 30 0 30
2006 27 0 27
2007 42 0 42
2008 36 0 36
2009 25 0 25
2010 20 0 20
2011 21 0 21
2012 32 0 32
2013 28 0 28
2014 16 0 16
2015 17 0 17
2016 16 0 16

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Popularity of Dewey as a first name

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Popularity of Dewey as a last name

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Common last names for Dewey

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Moore
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • White
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Hall
  • Wright
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dewey U.S.
  White 91.66% 64.26%
  African American 1.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.92% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.88% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dewey

People with the last name Dewey are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dewey

  • How Popular is the name Dewey? Dewey is the 1,249th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dewey was the 2,926th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dewey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 34,666 babies born with the first name Dewey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dewey to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dewey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1887 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Dewey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dewey is Friday, August 7th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Dewey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dewey was in 1898 with a total of 1,115 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dewey!
  • Random Dewey Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dewey ranks 98th in popularity as a baby boy's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, 32 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Dewey: Your name in reverse order is Yewed. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ydwee. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dewey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 12,249 people with the last name Dewey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dewey? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Dewey as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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