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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Doctor

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun doc"tor
  1. A teacher; one skilled in a profession, or branch of knowledge; a learned man.(Obs)"One of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel." [ Bacon.]
  2. An academical title, originally meaning a man so well versed in his department as to be qualified to teach it. Hence: One who has taken the highest degree conferred by a university or college, or has received a diploma of the highest degree; as, a doctor of divinity, of law, of medicine, of music, or of philosophy. Such diplomas may confer an honorary title only.
  3. One duly licensed to practice medicine; a member of the medical profession; a physician."By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death Will seize the doctor too." [ Shak.]
  4. Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency; as, the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous coloring matter; the doctor, or auxiliary engine, called also donkey engine.
  5. [Zoöl] The friar skate.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: OF. doctur, L. doctor, teacher, fr. docere to teach. See Docile

verb Doc"tor
  1. To treat as a physician does; to apply remedies to; to repair; as, to doctor a sick man or a broken cart.(Colloq)
  2. To confer a doctorate upon; to make a doctor.
  3. To tamper with and arrange for one's own purposes; to falsify; to adulterate; as, to doctor election returns; to doctor whisky. (Slang)
verb Doc"tor
To practice physic.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Children take the roles of physician or patient or nurse and pretend they are at the physician's office ("the children explored each other's bodies by playing the game of doctor")
  2. A licensed medical practitioner ("I felt so bad I went to see my doctor")
  3. A person who holds Ph.D. degree (or the equivalent) from an academic institution ("she is a doctor of philosophy in physics")
  4. (Roman Catholic Church) a title conferred on 33 saints who distinguished themselves through the orthodoxy of their theological teaching ("the Doctors of the Church greatly influenced Christian thought down to the late Middle Ages")
  5. Give medical treatment to
  6. Restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
  7. Alter and make impure, as with the intention to deceive
  1. The title of an academic or medical doctor (a person who holds a doctorate); used before or instead of the doctor's name.
    The students asked to see Jones.
    Smith carried out the medical procedure.
    Well, , what do you think? Will he live?

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Popularity of Doctor as a last name

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Common last names for Doctor

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  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Thompson
  • Scott

Common first names for Doctor

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Doctor U.S.
  White 38.10% 64.26%
  African American 39.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.37% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.09% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.03% 16.26%

Of Last Name Doctor

People with the last name Doctor are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Doctor

  • How Popular is the name Doctor? Doctor is the 19,163rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Doctor was the 9,384th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Doctor have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 379 babies born with the first name Doctor in the United States. That's more than enough people named Doctor to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Doctor? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Doctor first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Doctor is Wednesday, January 22nd, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Doctor born? The highest recorded use of the first name Doctor was in 1920 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Doctor Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Doctor is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Doctor: Your name in reverse order is Rotcod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otcord. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Doctor? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,465 people with the last name Doctor.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Doctor? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Doctor 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).
  • 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.