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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dorse
  1. Same as dorsal (n.) (Obs)
  2. The back of a book.(Obs)"Books, all richly bound, with gilt dorses." [Wood.]

Etymology: Cf. L. dorsum the back. See Dorsel Dosel

noun Dorse
The Baltic or variable cod (Gadus callarias), by some believed to be the young of the common codfish.

Compare Latin dorsum (“the back”).

  1. The back of a book.

    dorse was also found in the following language(s): Dutch

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    Popularity of Dorse as a last name

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    Common last names for Dorse

    • Smith
    • Miller

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Dorse U.S.
      White 55.38% 64.26%
      African American 38.65% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Dorse

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Dorse

    • How Popular is the name Dorse? Dorse is the 23,774th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dorse was the 76,533rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Dorse have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 254 babies born with the first name Dorse in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dorse 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 Dorse? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
    • When was Dorse first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dorse is Friday, August 8th, 1879.
    • What year had the most people named Dorse born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dorse was in 1929 with a total of 16 babies.
    • Random Dorse Factoid: According to the 1938 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dorse is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1938.
    • Weird things about the name Dorse: Your name in reverse order is Esrod. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rseod. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dorse? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 251 people with the last name Dorse.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dorse? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dorse as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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)
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.