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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun drag"on
  1. [Myth] A fabulous animal, generally represented as a monstrous winged serpent or lizard, with a crested head and enormous claws, and regarded as very powerful and ferocious."The dragons which appear in early paintings and sculptures are invariably representations of a winged crocodile." [Fairholt.]"Thou breakest the heads of the dragons in the waters." [ Ps. lxxiv. 13.]"Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet." [ Ps. xci. 13.]"He laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil and Satan, and bound him a thousand years." [Rev. xx. 2.]
  2. A fierce, violent person, esp. a woman.
  3. [Astron] A constellation of the northern hemisphere figured as a dragon; Draco.
  4. A luminous exhalation from marshy grounds, seeming to move through the air as a winged serpent.
  5. [Mil. Antiq] A short musket hooked to a swivel attached to a soldier's belt; -- so called from a representation of a dragon's head at the muzzle.
  6. [Zoöl] A small arboreal lizard of the genus Draco, of several species, found in the East Indies and Southern Asia. Five or six of the hind ribs, on each side, are prolonged and covered with weblike skin, forming a sort of wing. These prolongations aid them in making long leaps from tree to tree. Called also flying lizard.
  7. [Zoöl] A variety of carrier pigeon.
  8. [Her] A fabulous winged creature, sometimes borne as a charge in a coat of arms.

Note: ☞ In Scripture the term dragon refers to any great monster, whether of the land or sea, usually to some kind of serpent or reptile, sometimes to land serpents of a powerful and deadly kind. It is also applied metaphorically to Satan.

Note: Dragon is often used adjectively, or in combination, in the sense of relating to resembling, or characteristic of a dragon.

Etymology: F. dragon, L. draco, fr. Gr. dra`kwn, prob. fr. de`rkesqai dra`kein, to look (akin to Skr. darç to see), and so called from its terrible eyes. Cf. Drake a dragon, Dragoon

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  1. Any of several small tropical Asian lizards capable of gliding by spreading winglike membranes on each side of the body
  2. A faint constellation twisting around the north celestial pole and lying between Ursa Major and Cepheus
  3. A creature of Teutonic mythology; usually represented as breathing fire and having a reptilian body and sometimes wings
  4. A fiercely vigilant and unpleasant woman
  1. The fifth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.
  2. the Devil.

Dragon was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Dragon

Dragon King is an office holder.


Dragon was born on May 15th, 1995 in Tala, Jalisco.


Dragon Man is a comics character.


Dragon Kid is a wrestler. Dragon was born on February 2nd, 1976 in Tōkai, Aichi.


Dragon Shiryū is an animanga character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Dragon

Piff the Magic Dragon is a magic (illusion), comedian, and magician. Piff was given the name John van der Put on June 9th, 1980 in London, England. Piff is also known as van der Put and John.


Último Dragón is a wrestler. Último was born on December 12th, 1966 in Nagoya.


Daryl Dragon is a musician, songwriter, and producer. He plays Keyboard instrument, Guitar, Bass guitar, and Percussion instrument. His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to present. Daryl was given the name Daryl Frank Dragon on August 27th, 1942 in United States. Daryl is also known as Captain and Rumbo.


Super Dragon is a wrestler. Super was born on June 8th, 1980 in Orange County, California.


Savage Dragon is a comics character.


Richard Dragon is a comics character.


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Popularity of Dragon as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dragon U.S.
  White 87.80% 64.26%
  African American 4.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.11% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.20% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.09% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dragon

People with the last name Dragon are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Dragon

  • How Popular is the name Dragon? Dragon is the 33,761st most popular name of all time. As a last name Dragon was the 12,520th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dragon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 122 babies born with the first name Dragon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dragon 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 Dragon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1988 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Dragon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dragon is Tuesday, March 6th, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Dragon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dragon was in 2012 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Random Dragon Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dragon is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Dragon: Your name in reverse order is Nogard. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Orgdan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dragon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,475 people with the last name Dragon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dragon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Dragon as their last name since less than 1 person in 119k 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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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