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Origin and Meaning of Fate

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fate
Senses
  1. A fixed decree by which the order of things is prescribed; the immutable law of the universe; inevitable necessity; the force by which all existence is determined and conditioned."Necessity and chance Approach not me; and what I will is fate." [Milton.]"Beyond and above the Olympian gods lay the silent, brooding, everlasting fate of which victim and tyrant were alike the instruments." [Froude.]
  2. Appointed lot; allotted life; arranged or predetermined event; destiny; especially, the final lot; doom; ruin; death."The great, th'important day, big with the fate Of Cato and of Rome." [Addison.]"Our wills and fates do so contrary run That our devices still are overthrown." [Shak.]"The whizzing arrow sings, And bears thy fate, Antinous, on its wings." [Pope.]
  3. The element of chance in the affairs of life; the unforeseen and unestimated conitions considered as a force shaping events; fortune; esp., opposing circumstances against which it is useless to struggle; as, fate was, or the fates were, against him."A brave man struggling in the storms of fate." [Pope.]"Sometimes an hour of Fate's serenest weather strikes through our changeful sky its coming beams." [B. Taylor.]
  4. pl.

    Etymology: L. Fata, pl. of fatum

    [Myth] The three goddesses, Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos, sometimes called the Destinies, or Parcæwho were supposed to determine the course of human life. They are represented, one as holding the distaff, a second as spinning, and the third as cutting off the thread.
    synonyms: Destiny; lot; doom; fortune; chance.

Note: ☞ Among all nations it has been common to speak of fate or destiny as a power superior to gods and men -- swaying all things irresistibly. This may be called the fate of poets and mythologists. Philosophical fate is the sum of the laws of the universe, the product of eternal intelligence and the blind properties of matter. Theological fate represents Deity as above the laws of nature, and ordaining all things according to his will -- the expression of that will being the law.

Etymology: L. fatum a prophetic declaration, oracle, what is ordained by the gods, destiny, fate, fr. fari to speak: cf. OF. fat. See Fame Fable Ban, and cf. 1st Fay Fairy

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  1. An event (or a course of events) that will inevitably happen in the future
  2. The ultimate agency regarded as predetermining the course of events (often personified as a woman)
  3. Your overall circumstances or condition in life (including everything that happens to you) ("deserved a better fate")
  4. Decree or designate beforehand
Wiktionary

From Latin fata (“prediction”) (neutral plural of fatum), fatus 'spoken', fari (“to speak”).

  1. The presumed cause, force, principle, or divine will that predetermines events.
  2. The effect, consequence, outcome, or inevitable events predetermined by this cause.
  3. Destiny; often with a connotation of death, ruin, misfortune, etc.
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  4. (mythology) Alternative letter-case form of Fate (one of the goddesses said to control the destiny of human beings).

fate was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Latin, Volapük, and Yamdena

Notable Persons Named Fate

Fate Marable was a jazz musician. Fate was born Fate Marable on December 2nd, 1890. He passed away on January 16th, 1947.

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Fate was born on October 22nd, 1987 in Ethiopia. Fate is also known as Fate Tolla.

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fate Echols was a football player. fate was born on June 29th, 1939 in Union Springs, Alabama. He died on October 10th, 2002.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Fate

Doctor Fate is a comics character.

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Vincent was born on November 21st, 1945. Vincent is also known as DiFate and Vincent (variant).

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Tony Fate is a musician. His ongoing career started in 1980. Tony was given the name Tony Bramel on March 22nd, 1961 in Illinois.

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Robert Fate is a mystery and mystery fiction writer. Robert was given the name Robert Fate Bealmear in 1935.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 11 0 11
1881 13 0 13
1882 7 0 7
1883 9 0 9
1884 15 0 15
1885 8 0 8
1886 8 0 8
1887 10 0 10
1888 13 0 13
1889 7 0 7
1890 10 0 10
1891 12 0 12
1892 7 0 7
1893 9 0 9
1894 10 0 10
1895 11 0 11
1896 12 0 12
1897 19 0 19
1898 5 0 5
1899 6 0 6
1900 15 0 15
1901 11 0 11
1902 6 0 6
1903 9 0 9
1904 13 0 13
1905 6 0 6
1906 8 0 8
1907 8 0 8
1909 6 0 6
1910 11 0 11
1911 5 0 5
1912 11 0 11
1913 12 0 12
1914 27 0 27
1915 15 0 15
1916 14 0 14
1917 26 0 26
1918 32 0 32
1919 35 0 35
1920 21 0 21
1921 19 0 19
1922 29 0 29
1923 17 0 17
1924 22 0 22
1925 15 0 15
1926 19 0 19
1927 20 0 20
1928 20 0 20
1929 17 0 17
1930 23 0 23
1931 19 0 19
1932 19 0 19
1933 24 0 24
1934 17 0 17
1935 10 0 10
1936 7 0 7
1937 8 0 8
1938 12 0 12
1939 13 0 13
1940 13 0 13
1941 11 0 11
1942 12 0 12
1943 16 0 16
1944 15 0 15
1946 10 0 10
1947 14 0 14
1948 12 0 12
1949 11 0 11
1950 11 0 11
1951 9 0 9
1952 9 0 9
1953 6 0 6
1954 10 0 10
1955 9 0 9
1956 6 0 6
1958 6 0 6
1959 6 0 6
1960 10 0 10
1961 6 0 6
1962 7 0 7
1963 6 0 6
1968 7 0 7
1969 6 0 6
1970 6 0 6
1973 7 0 7
1975 5 0 5
1979 5 0 5
1980 5 0 5
1981 6 0 6
1987 6 0 6
1990 5 0 5
1996 6 0 6
1997 10 5 5
1999 13 6 7
2000 10 10 0
2001 5 5 0
2002 10 10 0
2003 14 9 5
2004 15 9 6
2005 10 5 5
2006 11 6 5
2007 5 0 5
2008 11 5 6
2009 6 6 0
2010 13 6 7
2011 8 8 0
2012 8 8 0
2014 9 9 0
2015 5 5 0
2016 7 7 0
2017 11 5 6

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Popularity of Fate as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fate U.S.
  White 74.44% 64.26%
  African American 21.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.03% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.59% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fate

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Fun Facts about the name Fate

  • How Popular is the name Fate? Fate is the 9,029th most popular name of all time. As a last name Fate was the 23,647th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Fate have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,283 babies born with the first name Fate in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fate to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fate? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Fate first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fate is Wednesday, March 15th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Fate born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fate was in 1919 with a total of 35 babies.
  • Random Fate Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fate is not a popular baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Fate: Your name in reverse order is Etaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Feta. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fate? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,072 people with the last name Fate.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fate? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fate as their last name since less than 1 person in 278k 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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