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Origin and Meaning of Dickens

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun and interjection Dick"ens
The devil.

Etymology: Perh. a contr. of the dim. devilkins

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A word used in exclamations of confusion ("the dickens you say")
  2. English writer whose novels depicted and criticized social injustice (1812-1870)

Origin: 1590–1600; apparently a fanciful use of the proper name Dicken, form of Dick.

  1. (euphemistic) The devil.
    She can go to the for what she said.
    You scared the out of me.
  2. In the phrase the dickens (Used as an intensifier).
    Why did he do that?
    We had of a row.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Dickens

Charles Dickens was a writer. Charles was given the name Charles John Huffam Dickens on February 7th, 1812 in Landport, Hampshire, England. He passed away on June 9th, 1870.


Kim Dickens is an actress. Her career lasted from 1995 to 1995. Kim was given the name Kimberly Jan Dickens on June 18th, 1965 in Huntsville, Alabama. U.S.


Catherine was given the name Catherine Thomson Hogarth on May 19th, 1815 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She breathed her last breath on November 22nd, 1879.


Little Jimmy Dickens was a country music musician. He plays Guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1936 to 2014. Little was given the name James Cecil Dickens on December 19th, 1920 in Bolt, West Virginia. Little is also known as Little Jimmy Dickens and Tater. He left this life on January 2nd, 2015.


John was born on August 21st, 1785. He left this life on March 31st, 1851.


Ivy Dickens is a beneficiary, socialite, con artist, waitress, actor, confidence trick, and waiting staff. Ivy is also known as (former:) and Charlotte "Charlie" Rhodes.


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Popularity of Dickens as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dickens U.S.
  White 63.46% 64.26%
  African American 31.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.86% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dickens

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

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Fun Facts about the name Dickens

  • How Popular is the name Dickens? As a last name Dickens was the 1,990th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Dickens first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Dickens is Monday, December 1st, 1884.
  • How unique is the name Dickens? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Dickens. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Dickens: Your name in reverse order is Snekcid. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Decskni. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dickens? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,123 people with the last name Dickens.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dickens? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Dickens as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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).
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