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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Easter

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Eas"ter
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  1. An annual church festival commemorating Christ's resurrection, and occurring on Sunday, the second day after Good Friday. It corresponds to the pascha or passover of the Jews, and most nations still give it this name under the various forms of pascha pasque pâque, or pask.
  2. The day on which the festival is observed; Easter day."Sundays by thee more glorious break, An Easter day in every week." [Keble.]

Note: Easter is used either adjectively or as the first element of a compound; as, Easter day or Easter-day, Easter Sunday, Easter week, Easter gifts, Easter eggs.

Note: Easter day, on which the rest of the movable feasts depend, is always the first Sunday after the fourteenth day of the calendar moon which (fourteenth day) falls on, or next after, the 21st of March, according to the rules laid down for the construction of the calendar; so that if the fourteenth day happen on a Sunday, Easter day is the Sunday after.

Etymology: AS. eáster eástran, paschal feast, Easter; akin to G. ostern; fr. AS. Eástre, a goddess of light or spring, in honor of whom a festival was celebrated in April; whence this month was called in AS. Eástermōnað. From the root of E. east. See East

verb East"er
To veer to the east; -- said of the wind.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A wind from the east
  2. A Christian celebration of the Resurrection of Christ; celebrated on the Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox
Wiktionary

From Old English Ä“astre, apparently from Ä’astre, the name of a goddess whose festival was celebrated at the vernal equinox, from Proto-Germanic *AustrÇ­. Compare German Ostern.

  1. (Christianity) A Christian feast commemorating the resurrection of Christ; the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or next after the vernal equinox, neither earlier than March 22 nor later than April 25.
    We spent each of the past five together as a family.
  2. Eastertide
  3. (obsolete) The Jewish Passover.
  4. (paganism) A festival held in honour of the goddess Eostre or Ostara and celebrated at the spring equinox or within the month of April. Also known as Eostre.

Notable Persons Named Easter

Easter Posey was a chemical warfare service and chemical corps. Easter was born on April 4th, 1920 in Lincoln County, Tennessee. She breathed her last breath on April 21st, 1942.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Easter

Nick Easter is a rugby player for the Harlequin F.C.His career lasted from 2001 to 2004. Nick was born on August 15th, 1978 in Epsom.

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Mitch Easter is a power pop and jangle pop musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1970 to present. Mitch was given the name Mitchell Blake Easter on November 15th, 1954 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

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Jermaine Easter is a soccer player for the Bristol Rovers F.C., Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C., Hartlepool United F.C., Cambridge United F.C., Boston United F.C., Stockport County F.C., Wycombe Wanderers F.C., Plymouth Argyle F.C., Millwall F.C., Colchester United F.C., Milton Keynes Dons F.C., and Swan. Jermaine was born on January 15th, 1982 in Cardiff, Wales.

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David Easter is an actor. David was born on November 11th, 1959 in Eastleigh.

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His ongoing career started in 2000. Ben was born Ben Easter on May 1st, 1979.

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Luke Easter was a baseball player. Luke was born on August 4th, 1915 in Jonestown, Coahoma County, Mississippi. He breathed his last breath on March 29th, 1979.

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How popular is the baby name Easter in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 12 12 0
1881 11 11 0
1882 12 12 0
1883 21 21 0
1884 16 16 0
1885 19 19 0
1886 15 15 0
1887 16 16 0
1888 24 24 0
1889 8 8 0
1890 27 27 0
1891 22 22 0
1892 34 34 0
1893 25 25 0
1894 26 26 0
1895 30 30 0
1896 39 39 0
1897 32 32 0
1898 27 27 0
1899 33 33 0
1900 48 48 0
1901 40 40 0
1902 26 26 0
1903 38 38 0
1904 34 34 0
1905 44 44 0
1906 37 37 0
1907 54 54 0
1908 40 40 0
1909 51 51 0
1910 67 67 0
1911 54 54 0
1912 75 75 0
1913 73 73 0
1914 98 93 5
1915 94 89 5
1916 102 102 0
1917 99 94 5
1918 125 125 0
1919 129 129 0
1920 128 123 5
1921 111 111 0
1922 130 124 6
1923 96 96 0
1924 118 113 5
1925 133 133 0
1926 130 124 6
1927 110 110 0
1928 114 107 7
1929 106 100 6
1930 106 101 5
1931 77 77 0
1932 93 93 0
1933 81 75 6
1934 86 86 0
1935 67 67 0
1936 90 85 5
1937 69 69 0
1938 82 82 0
1939 85 85 0
1940 79 79 0
1941 67 67 0
1942 77 77 0
1943 51 51 0
1944 47 47 0
1945 56 56 0
1946 52 52 0
1947 62 62 0
1948 54 54 0
1949 73 73 0
1950 66 66 0
1951 56 56 0
1952 49 49 0
1953 50 50 0
1954 55 55 0
1955 58 58 0
1956 41 41 0
1957 61 61 0
1958 45 45 0
1959 41 41 0
1960 45 45 0
1961 41 41 0
1962 24 24 0
1963 25 25 0
1964 34 34 0
1965 32 32 0
1966 27 27 0
1967 25 25 0
1968 22 22 0
1969 11 11 0
1970 15 15 0
1971 15 15 0
1972 20 20 0
1973 15 15 0
1974 12 12 0
1975 11 11 0
1976 9 9 0
1977 23 23 0
1978 15 15 0
1979 17 17 0
1980 9 9 0
1981 13 13 0
1982 9 9 0
1983 6 6 0
1984 15 15 0
1985 16 16 0
1986 9 9 0
1987 10 10 0
1988 6 6 0
1989 13 13 0
1990 9 9 0
1991 9 9 0
1992 7 7 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 10 10 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 5 5 0
1998 7 7 0
2000 7 7 0
2003 5 5 0
2004 5 5 0
2006 5 5 0
2007 7 7 0
2010 6 6 0
2014 5 5 0
2017 5 5 0
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International Interest for Easter

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Popularity in the US

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Popularity of Easter as a first name

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Popularity of Easter as a last name

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Common last names for Easter

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  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Miller
  • Walker
  • Thomas
  • Anderson
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Easter U.S.
  White 67.02% 64.26%
  African American 27.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.99% 16.26%

Of Last Name Easter

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

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Fun Facts about the name Easter

  • How Popular is the name Easter? Easter is the 3,525th most popular name of all time. As a last name Easter was the 2,769th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Easter have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,579 babies born with the first name Easter in the United States. That's more than enough people named Easter to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Easter? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Easter first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Easter is Thursday, September 16th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Easter born? The highest recorded use of the first name Easter was in 1925 with a total of 133 babies.
  • Random Easter Factoid: According to the 1948 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Easter is not a popular baby girl's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 13 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1948.
  • Weird things about the name Easter: Your name in reverse order is Retsae. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Earest. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Easter? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,036 people with the last name Easter.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Easter? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Easter 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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