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Origin and Meaning of Eclipse

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  • A user from Ohio, United States says the name Eclipse is of Native American origin and means "The name Eclipse is not a very common baby name. It originates from Native American Origin. The Native Americans believed in a strong connection between the moon, wolves and Humans. They thought that the Eclipse was a sign of the moon's power. Generally, the name Eclipse will mean daughter/son of the moon and strength".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun E*clipse"
  1. [Astron] An interception or obscuration of the light of the sun, moon, or other luminous body, by the intervention of some other body, either between it and the eye, or between the luminous body and that illuminated by it. A lunar eclipse is caused by the moon passing through the earth's shadow; a solar eclipse, by the moon coming between the sun and the observer. A satellite is eclipsed by entering the shadow of its primary. The obscuration of a planet or star by the moon or a planet, though of the nature of an eclipse, is called an occultation. The eclipse of a small portion of the sun by Mercury or Venus is called a transit of the planet."That fatal and perfidious bark, Built in the eclipse, and rigged with curses dark." [Milton.]
  2. The loss, usually temporary or partial, of light, brilliancy, luster, honor, consciousness, etc.; obscuration; gloom; darkness."All the posterity of our fist parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life." [Sir W. Raleigh.]"As in the soft and sweet eclipse, When soul meets soul on lovers' lips." [Shelley.]

Note: ☞ In ancient times, eclipses were, and among unenlightened people they still are, superstitiously regarded as forerunners of evil fortune, a sentiment of which occasional use is made in literature.

Etymology: F. éclipse, L. eclipsis, fr. Gr. 'e`kleipsis, prop., a forsaking, failing, fr. 'eklei`pein to leave out, forsake; 'ek out + lei`pein to leave. See Ex-, and Loan

verb E*clipse"
  1. To cause the obscuration of; to darken or hide; -- said of a heavenly body; as, the moon eclipses the sun.
  2. To obscure, darken, or extinguish the beauty, luster, honor, etc., of; to sully; to cloud; to throw into the shade by surpassing."His eclipsedstate." [Dryden.]"My joy of liberty is half eclipsed." [Shak.]
verb E*clipse"
To suffer an eclipse.
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  1. One celestial body obscures another
  2. Cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention ("The Sun eclipses the moon today")
  3. Be greater in significance than

From Old French eclipse, from Latin eclīpsis, from Ancient Greek ἔκλειψις (ékleipsis, “eclipse”), from ἐκλείπω (ekleípō, “I abandon, got missing, vanish”), from ἐκ (ek, “out”) and λείπω (leípō, “I leave behind”).

  1. (astronomy) An alignment of astronomical objects whereby one object comes between the observer (or notional observer) and another object, thus obscuring the latter.
  2. Especially, an alignment whereby a planetary object (for example, the Moon) comes between the Sun and another planetary object (for example, the Earth), resulting in a shadow being cast by the middle planetary object onto the other planetary object.
  3. A seasonal state of plumage in some birds, notably ducks, adopted temporarily after the breeding season and characterised by a dull and scruffy appearance.
  4. Obscurity, decline, downfall

eclipse was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Galician, Latin, Old French, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Eclipse

Jade was given the name Takako in Nagasaki, Japan.


Fun Facts about the name Eclipse

  • How Popular is the name Eclipse? Eclipse is the 90,744th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Eclipse have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Eclipse in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Eclipse? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2017 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Eclipse first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Eclipse is Tuesday, July 25th, 1911.
  • What year had the most people named Eclipse born? The highest recorded use of the first name Eclipse was in 2017 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Eclipse: Your name in reverse order is Espilce. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cseilpe. How do you pronounce that?

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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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