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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun fa"vor
  1. Kind regard; propitious aspect; countenance; friendly disposition; kindness; good will."Hath crawled into the favor of the king." [Shak.]
  2. The act of countenancing, or the condition of being countenanced, or regarded propitiously; support; promotion; befriending."But found no favor in his lady's eyes." [Dryden.]"And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." [Luke ii. 52.]
  3. A kind act or office; kindness done or granted; benevolence shown by word or deed; an act of grace or good will, as distinct from justice or remuneration."Beg one favor at thy gracious hand." [Shak.]
  4. Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity."I could not discover the lenity and favor of this sentence." [Swift.]
  5. The object of regard; person or thing favored."All these his wondrous works, but chiefly man, His chief delight and favor." [Milton.]
  6. A gift or present; something bestowed as an evidence of good will; a token of love; a knot of ribbons; something worn as a token of affection; as, a marriage favor is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding."Wear thou this favor for me, and stick it in thy cap." [Shak.]
  7. Appearance; look; countenance; face.(Obs)"This boy is fair, of female favor." [Shak.]
  8. [Law] Partiality; bias.
  9. A letter or epistle; -- so called in civility or compliment; as, your favor of yesterday is received.
  10. pl.Love locks.(Obs)"But, with your favor, I will treat it here." [Dryden.]
    synonyms: Kindness; countenance; patronage; support; lenity; grace; gift; present; benefit.

Etymology: Written also favour

Etymology: OF. favor, F. faveur, L. favor, fr. favere to be favorable, cf. Skr. bhāvaya to further, foster, causative of bhū to become, be. Cf. Be. In the phrase to curry favor favor is prob. for favel a horse. See 2d Favel

verb Fa"vor
  1. To regard with kindness; to support; to aid, or to have the disposition to aid, or to wish success to; to be propitious to; to treat with consideration or tenderness; to show partiality or unfair bias towards."O happy youth! and favored of the skies." [Pope.]"He that favoreth Joab, . . . let him go after Joab." [2 Sam. xx. 11.]"The painter] has favored her squint admirably." [Swift.]
  2. To afford advantages for success to; to facilitate; as, a weak place favored the entrance of the enemy.
  3. To resemble in features; to have the aspect or looks of; as, the child favors his father."The porter owned that the gentleman favored his master." [Spectator.]

Etymology: Written also favour

Etymology: Cf. OF. favorer favorir. See Favor (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An act of gracious kindness
  2. Souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party
  3. An advantage to the benefit of someone or something ("the outcome was in his favor")
  4. An inclination to approve ("that style is in favor this season")
  5. A feeling of favorable regard
  6. Consider as the favorite ("The local team was favored")
  7. Promote over another ("he favors his second daughter")
  8. Bestow a privilege upon
  9. Treat gently or carefully

From Middle English favour, favor, faver, from Anglo-Norman favour, from mainland Old French favor, from Latin favor (“good will; kindness; partiality”), from favere (“to be kind to”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰowe- (“to honour, revere, worship”). Cognate with Old Norse (“to heed, mark, pay attention”), Icelandic (“to look, see, check”). Respelled in American English to more closely match its Latin etymon. Compare also Danish favør (“favor”), Swedish favör (“favor”), from the same Romance source.

  1. A kind or helpful deed; an instance of voluntarily assisting (someone).
    He did me a when he took the time to drive me home.
  2. Goodwill; benevolent regard.
    She enjoyed the queen's .
    to fall out of
  3. A small gift; a party favor.
    At the holiday dinner, the hosts had set a by each place setting.
    A marriage is a bunch or knot of white ribbons or white flowers worn at a wedding.
  4. Mildness or mitigation of punishment; lenity.
  5. The object of regard; person or thing favoured.
  6. (obsolete) Appearance; look; countenance; face.
  7. (law) Partiality; bias.
  8. (archaic) A letter, a written communication.
    Your of yesterday is received.
  9. (obsolete, in the plural) Lovelocks.

favor was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish, and Venetian

Notable Persons With the Last Name Favor

Jack Graves Favor was a rodeo performer, manager, sales representative, and imprisoned for two murders for which he was framed. Jack was born on November 30th, 1911 in Texas, USA. Jack is also known as Cadillac Jack" Graves. He left this life on December 27th, 1988.


Donald was born on February 16th, 1913. Donald is also known as Favor and Don. He left this life on November 13th, 1984.


Mike was born on June 27th, 1966 in Athens, Georgia.


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Popularity of Favor as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Favor U.S.
  White 52.11% 64.26%
  African American 32.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.93% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.30% 16.26%

Of Last Name Favor

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

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Fun Facts about the name Favor

  • How Popular is the name Favor? Favor is the 19,183rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Favor was the 21,895th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Favor have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 378 babies born with the first name Favor in the United States. That's more than enough people named Favor to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Favor? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2002 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Favor first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Favor is Saturday, March 18th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Favor born? The highest recorded use of the first name Favor was in 2014 with a total of 29 babies.
  • Random Favor Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Favor is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Favor: Your name in reverse order is Rovaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rfvoa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Favor? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,186 people with the last name Favor.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Favor? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Favor 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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