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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ea"gle
  1. [Zoöl] Any large, rapacious bird of the Falcon family, esp. of the genera Aquila and Haliæetus. The eagle is remarkable for strength, size, graceful figure, keenness of vision, and extraordinary flight. The most noted species are the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaëtus); the imperial eagle of Europe (Aquila mogilnikorAquila imperialis); the American bald eagle (Haliæetus leucocephalus); the European sea eagle (Haliæetus albicilla); and the great harpy eagle (Thrasaetus harpyia). The figure of the eagle, as the king of birds, is commonly used as an heraldic emblem, and also for standards and emblematic devices. See Bald eagle Harpy, and Golden eagle.
  2. A gold coin of the United States, of the value of ten dollars.
  3. [Astron] A northern constellation, containing Altair, a star of the first magnitude. See Aquila.
  4. The figure of an eagle borne as an emblem on the standard of the ancient Romans, or so used upon the seal or standard of any people."Though the Roman eagle shadow thee." [Tennyson.]

Note: ☞ Some modern nations, as the United States, and France under the Bonapartes, have adopted the eagle as their national emblem. Russia, Austria, and Prussia have for an emblem a double-headed eagle.

Etymology: OE. egle, F. aigle, fr. L. aquila; prob. named from its color, fr. aquilus dark-colored, brown; cf. Lith. aklas blind. Cf. Aquiline

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  1. Any of various large keen-sighted diurnal birds of prey noted for their broad wings and strong soaring flight
  2. An emblem representing power ("the Roman eagle")
  3. A former gold coin in the United States worth 10 dollars
  4. (golf) a score of two strokes under par on a hole
  5. Shoot in two strokes under par
  6. Shoot two strokes under par ("She eagled the hole")

From Middle English egle, from Anglo-Norman egle, from Old French aigle, from Latin aquila. Displaced native Middle English ern, earn, arn, from Old English earn. More at erne.

  1. Any of several large carnivorous and carrion-eating birds in the family Accipitridae, having a powerful hooked bill and keen vision.
    Synonyms: erne, broadwing
  2. (heraldry) A representation of such a bird carried as an emblem, e.g. on a coat of arms.
  3. (US, numismatics) A gold coin with a face value of $10.00 formerly used in the United States.
  4. (historical, numismatics) A 13th-century coin minted in Europe and circulated in England as a debased sterling silver penny, outlawed under Edward I.
  5. (golf) A score of two under par for a hole.

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

Notable Persons Named Eagle

Eagle Egilsson is a television director and cinematographer. He was most prominent from 1993 to present. Eagle was born on August 31st, 1966 in Reykjavík.


Eagle was born on December 4th, 1923 in Tompkinsville, Kentucky. He left this life on December 20th, 2012.


Eagle Day was a football player. Eagle was born on October 2nd, 1932 in Columbia, Mississippi. He breathed his last breath on February 22nd, 2008.


Eagle Den Junlaphan is a martial artist. Eagle was born on December 4th, 1978 in Bang Mun Nak District.


Eagle was born on July 28th, 1952. He breathed his last breath on July 20th, 2002.


Eagle Han-ying was an actor. His career lasted from 1977 to 1997. Eagle was given the name Kim Young Il on May 28th, 1938. He died on August 12th, 2003.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Eagle

Angela Eagle is a for Wallasey, Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation, Skills, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Minister for Pensions, Ageing Society, Exchequer Secretary to the Tre. Angela was born on February 17th, 1961 in Bridlington.


Maria Eagle is a for Garston, Halewood, Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Sport, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food, Rural Affairs, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Shadow Solicitor General, Minister . Maria was born on February 17th, 1961 in Bridlington.


Open Mike Eagle is an alternative hip hop and underground hip hop rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Open was given the name Michael Eagle on November 14th, 1980. Open is also known as Mike Eagle, Eagle, and Michael.


Sam Eagle is an advocacy journalism.


Ian Eagle is a sports announcer/commentator and sports commentator. His most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Ian was born as the child of Jack Eagle on February 9th, 1969 in Essex Fells, New Jersey.


American Eagle is a comics character.


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Popularity of Eagle as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Eagle U.S.
  White 79.26% 64.26%
  African American 4.66% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 9.55% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.71% 16.26%

Of Last Name Eagle

People with the last name Eagle are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Eagle

  • How Popular is the name Eagle? Eagle is the 42,027th most popular name of all time. As a last name Eagle was the 4,261st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Eagle have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 70 babies born with the first name Eagle in the United States. That's more than enough people named Eagle 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 Eagle? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Eagle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Eagle is Friday, December 24th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Eagle born? The highest recorded use of the first name Eagle was in 2011 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Eagle: Your name in reverse order is Elgae. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aeegl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Eagle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,325 people with the last name Eagle.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Eagle? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Eagle as their last name.

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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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