Echo

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Origin and Meaning of Echo

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  • A submission from Washington, United States says the name Echo means "A nymph who, for love of Narcissus, pined away until nothing was left of her but her voice." and is of Greek origin.
  • A user from Florida, United States says the name Echo is of English origin and means "The gift of music".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ech"o
Senses
  1. A sound reflected from an opposing surface and repeated to the ear of a listener; repercussion of sound; repetition of a sound."The babbling echo mocks the hounds." [Shak.]"The woods shall answer, and the echo ring." [Pope.]
  2. Fig.: Sympathetic recognition; response; answer."Fame is the echo of actions, resounding them." [Fuller.]"Many kind, and sincere speeches found an echo in his heart." [R. L. Stevenson.]
    1. [Myth. & Poetic]
      A wood or mountain nymph, regarded as repeating, and causing the reverberation of them.
      "Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph, that liv'st unseen Within thy airy shell." [Milton.]
    2. [Gr. Myth]
      A nymph, the daughter of Air and Earth, who, for love of Narcissus, pined away until nothing was left of her but her voice.
      "Compelled me to awake the courteous Echo To give me answer from her mossy couch." [Milton.]
  3. [Whist, Contract Bridge]
    1. A signal, played in the same manner as a trump signal, made by a player who holds four or more trumps (or as played by some exactly three trumps) and whose partner has led trumps or signaled for trumps.
    2. A signal showing the number held of a plain suit when a high card in that suit is led by one's partner.
      "I would applaud thee to the very echo, That should applaud again." [Shak.]

Etymology: L. echo, Gr. 'hchw` echo, sound, akin to 'hchh` 'h^chos, sound, noise; cf. Skr. vāç to sound, bellow; perh. akin to E. voice: cf. F. écho

verb Ech"o
Senses
  1. To send back (a sound); to repeat in sound; to reverberate."Those peals are echoed by the Trojan throng." [Dryden.]"The wondrous sound Is echoed on forever." [Keble.]
  2. To repeat with assent; to respond; to adopt."They would have echoed the praises of the men whom they envied, and then have sent to the newspaper anonymous libels upon them." [Macaulay.]
verb Ech"o
To give an echo; to resound; to be sounded back; as, the hall echoed with acclamations.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An imitation or repetition ("the flower arrangement was created as an echo of a client's still life")
  2. A close parallel of a feeling, idea, style, etc. ("his contention contains more than an echo of Rousseau" and "Napoleon III was an echo of the mighty Emperor but an infinitely better man")
  3. The repetition of a sound resulting from reflection of the sound waves ("she could hear echoes of her own footsteps")
  4. A reflected television or radio or radar beam
  5. A reply that repeats what has just been said
  6. (Greek mythology) a nymph who was spurned by Narcissus and pined away until only her voice remained
  7. To say again or imitate ("followers echoing the cries of their leaders")
  8. Ring or echo with sound
  9. Call to mind ("His words echoed John F. Kennedy")
Wiktionary

From Ancient Greek Ἠχώ (Ēkhṓ, “sound”).

  1. (Greek mythology) An oread, punished by Hera by losing her own voice and only being able to mimic that of others.
  2. (astronomy) Short for 60 Echo, a main belt asteroid.

Echo was also found in the following language(s): Translingual and German

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General Echo was a reggae musician. General was given the name Earl Anthony Robinson on December 8th, 1955 in Kingston, Jamaica. General is also known as General Echo. He left this life in 1980.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1888 5 5 0
1892 5 5 0
1893 8 8 0
1894 7 7 0
1895 5 5 0
1897 5 5 0
1901 5 5 0
1903 5 5 0
1906 6 6 0
1907 8 8 0
1910 9 9 0
1911 9 9 0
1912 9 9 0
1913 10 10 0
1914 9 9 0
1915 10 10 0
1916 21 21 0
1917 14 14 0
1918 17 17 0
1919 20 20 0
1920 18 18 0
1921 12 12 0
1922 22 22 0
1923 17 17 0
1924 15 15 0
1925 6 6 0
1926 5 5 0
1927 9 9 0
1928 13 13 0
1929 8 8 0
1931 5 5 0
1932 7 7 0
1934 5 5 0
1936 5 5 0
1938 5 5 0
1939 8 8 0
1940 8 8 0
1941 7 7 0
1943 10 10 0
1945 5 5 0
1946 13 13 0
1947 8 8 0
1948 15 15 0
1949 12 12 0
1951 17 17 0
1952 16 16 0
1953 14 14 0
1954 12 12 0
1955 14 14 0
1956 17 17 0
1957 11 11 0
1958 15 15 0
1959 13 13 0
1960 17 17 0
1961 11 11 0
1962 11 11 0
1963 16 16 0
1964 15 15 0
1965 9 9 0
1966 17 17 0
1967 10 10 0
1968 17 17 0
1969 26 26 0
1970 30 30 0
1971 44 44 0
1972 36 36 0
1973 29 29 0
1974 36 36 0
1975 52 52 0
1976 40 40 0
1977 29 29 0
1978 26 26 0
1979 75 75 0
1980 64 64 0
1981 61 61 0
1982 60 60 0
1983 181 181 0
1984 182 182 0
1985 115 115 0
1986 101 101 0
1987 66 66 0
1988 89 89 0
1989 74 74 0
1990 68 68 0
1991 68 68 0
1992 60 60 0
1993 54 54 0
1994 58 58 0
1995 53 53 0
1996 50 45 5
1997 58 58 0
1998 74 74 0
1999 62 62 0
2000 68 68 0
2001 53 53 0
2002 51 51 0
2003 56 56 0
2004 60 60 0
2005 47 47 0
2006 45 45 0
2007 67 67 0
2008 61 53 8
2009 62 56 6
2010 71 65 6
2011 82 69 13
2012 81 71 10
2013 80 66 14
2014 103 89 14
2015 126 113 13
2016 116 101 15
2017 94 71 23

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Echo U.S.
  White 81.69% 64.26%
  African American 4.23% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 8.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Echo

People with the last name Echo are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Echo

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  • How Popular is the name Echo? Echo is the 4,335th most popular name of all time. As a last name Echo was the 121,590th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Echo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,021 babies born with the first name Echo in the United States. That's more than enough people named Echo to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Echo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Echo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Echo is Tuesday, February 11th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Echo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Echo was in 1984 with a total of 182 babies.
  • Random Echo Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Echo ranks 103rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Wyoming. Imagine that, 5 babies in Wyoming have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Echo: Your name in reverse order is Ohce. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oech. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Echo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 142 people with the last name Echo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Echo? Echo is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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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