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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective and pronoun Ev"er*y
  1. All the parts which compose a whole collection or aggregate number, considered in their individuality, all taken separately one by one, out of an indefinite number." Every man at his best state is altogether vanity." [Ps. xxxix. 5.]" Every door and window was adorned with wreaths of flowers." [Macaulay.]
  2. Every one. Cf. Each.(Obs)" Everyof your wishes." [Shak.]"Daily occasions given to every of us." [Hooker.]
    synonyms: Every Each Any.
    "In each division there were four pentecosties, in every pentecosty four enomoties, and of each enomoty there fought in the front rank four [soldiers]." [Jowett (Thucyd. ).]"If society is to be kept together and the children of Adam to be saved from setting up each for himself with every one else his foe." [J. H. Newman.]

Note: Every may, by way of emphasis, precede the article the with a superlative adjective; as, every the least variation.

Usage: Any denotes one, or some, taken indifferently from the individuals which compose a class. Every differs from each in giving less prominence to the selection of the individual. Each relates to two or more individuals of a class. It refers definitely to every one of them, denoting that they are considered separately, one by one, all being included; as, each soldier was receiving a dollar per day. Every relates to more than two and brings into greater prominence the notion that not one of all considered is excepted; as, every soldier was on service, except the cavalry, that is, all the soldiers, etc.

Etymology: OE. everich everilk; AS. ǣfre ever + ælc each. See Ever each

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (used of count nouns) each and all of the members of a group considered singly and without exception ("every person is mortal", "every party is welcome", "had every hope of success", and "every chance of winning")
  2. Each and all of a series of entities or intervals as specified ("every third seat" and "every two hours")

From Middle English every, everich, which is made up of Old English ǣfre (“ever”) + ǣlċ (“each”). For the etymology of ǣfre, see ever.

Notable Persons Named Every


Notable Persons With the Last Name Every

Matt was born on December 4th, 1983. Matt is also known as Every and Matthew King.


Dale was born on July 23rd, 1896 in Michigan. He left this life on May 28th, 1976.


Jonathan Van Every is an athlete. Jonathan was born on November 27th, 1979 in Greenwood, Mississippi.


Kermit was born on March 5th, 1915 in San Jose, California. He breathed his last breath on November 20th, 1998.



Hal Van Every was a football player for the Green Bay Packers. He was most prominent from 1940 to 1941. Hal was born on February 10th, 1918 in Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota. He passed away on August 11th, 2007.


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Popularity of Every as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Every U.S.
  White 76.78% 64.26%
  African American 18.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.84% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.17% 16.26%

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

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Fun Facts about the name Every

  • How Popular is the name Every? Every is the 61,922nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Every was the 21,790th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Every have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 20 babies born with the first name Every in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Every? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1901 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Every first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Every is Monday, October 25th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Every born? The highest recorded use of the first name Every was in 1901 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Every: Your name in reverse order is Yreve. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yreve. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Every? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,193 people with the last name Every.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Every? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Every as their last name since less than 1 person in 250k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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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