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37k
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since 1880
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2k
in the U.S.
in 2010

Fern

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 10 10 0
1881 10 10 0
1882 26 26 0
1883 19 19 0
1884 45 40 5
1885 44 44 0
1886 42 36 6
1887 69 69 0
1888 77 77 0
1889 108 103 5
1890 119 119 0
1891 124 124 0
1892 172 172 0
1893 194 189 5
1894 204 197 7
1895 184 184 0
1896 218 218 0
1897 245 237 8
1898 265 265 0
1899 232 232 0
1900 266 266 0
1901 217 217 0
1902 244 238 6
1903 287 276 11
1904 281 281 0
1905 278 273 5
1906 282 277 5
1907 276 276 0
1908 364 364 0
1909 353 345 8
1910 401 394 7
1911 442 435 7
1912 620 613 7
1913 708 697 11
1914 835 821 14
1915 1,201 1,175 26
1916 1,349 1,332 17
1917 1,277 1,261 16
1918 1,356 1,341 15
1919 1,197 1,181 16
1920 1,325 1,304 21
1921 1,318 1,297 21
1922 1,224 1,207 17
1923 1,187 1,169 18
1924 1,075 1,059 16
1925 992 977 15
1926 918 910 8
1927 863 845 18
1928 819 806 13
1929 692 679 13
1930 642 634 8
1931 583 571 12
1932 508 502 6
1933 521 506 15
1934 471 463 8
1935 436 429 7
1936 402 394 8
1937 376 366 10
1938 383 377 6
1939 327 327 0
1940 333 328 5
1941 306 301 5
1942 318 311 7
1943 299 299 0
1944 281 281 0
1945 268 260 8
1946 284 284 0
1947 255 255 0
1948 245 245 0
1949 243 238 5
1950 236 228 8
1951 250 250 0
1952 230 225 5
1953 264 256 8
1954 237 237 0
1955 216 216 0
1956 232 232 0
1957 187 187 0
1958 177 177 0
1959 205 205 0
1960 183 183 0
1961 165 165 0
1962 94 94 0
1963 113 108 5
1964 105 105 0
1965 84 84 0
1966 71 71 0
1967 70 70 0
1968 56 56 0
1969 49 49 0
1970 72 67 5
1971 41 41 0
1972 31 31 0
1973 32 32 0
1974 26 26 0
1975 22 22 0
1976 16 16 0
1977 20 20 0
1978 16 16 0
1979 28 28 0
1980 17 17 0
1981 28 28 0
1982 31 31 0
1983 17 17 0
1984 21 21 0
1985 13 13 0
1986 5 5 0
1987 8 8 0
1988 19 19 0
1989 15 15 0
1990 9 9 0
1991 9 9 0
1992 5 5 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 13 13 0
1995 13 13 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 11 11 0
1998 9 9 0
1999 13 13 0
2000 18 18 0
2001 9 9 0
2002 11 11 0
2003 13 13 0
2004 18 18 0
2005 18 18 0
2006 16 16 0
2007 10 10 0
2008 27 27 0
2009 26 26 0
2010 33 33 0
2011 34 34 0
2012 45 45 0
2013 46 46 0
2014 64 64 0
2015 85 85 0

Fun Facts about the name Fern

  • How many people with the first name Fern have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 36,806 babies born with the first name Fern in the United States. That's more than enough people named Fern to occupy the country of Liechtenstein with an estimated population of 36,476 (as of December 31, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Fern? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Fern first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Fern is Sunday, January 3rd, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Fern born? The highest recorded use of the first name Fern was in 1918 with a total of 1,341 babies. That's a lot of babies named Fern!
  • Random Fern Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Fern ranks 24th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 40 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Fern: Your name in reverse order is Nref. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nrfe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fern? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,482 people with the last name Fern.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fern? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fern as their last name since less than 1 person in 119k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
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Popularity of Fern as a first name

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Popularity of Fern as a last name

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Common last names for Fern

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Moore
  • Hill
  • Peterson
  • Thomas
  • Lewis

Common first names for Fern

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fern U.S.
  White 88.36% 64.26%
  African American 0.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.53% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 6.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fern

People with the last name Fern are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Fern" mean? The list below shows the origins of Fern as well as things modernly associated with the name Fern such as celebrities named Fern.

English

Origin and Meaning of Fern

The name "Fern" is of English origin, and it means "Fern". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adverb Fern
Long ago.
adjective Fern
Ancient; old. (Obs) “Pilgrimages to . . . ferne halwes.” [saints].

Etymology: AS. fyrn

noun Fern
An order of cryptogamous plants, the Filices, which have their fructification on the back of the fronds or leaves. They are usually found in humid soil, sometimes grow epiphytically on trees, and in tropical climates often attain a gigantic size.

Note: ☞ The plants are asexual, and bear clustered sporangia, containing minute spores, which germinate and form prothalli, on which are borne the true organs of reproduction. The brake or bracken, the maidenhair, and the polypody are all well known ferns.

Etymology: AS. fearn; akin to D. varen, G. farn farnkraut; cf. Skr. parṇa wing, feather, leaf, sort of plant, or Lith. papartis fern

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of numerous flowerless and seedless vascular plants having true roots from a rhizome and fronds that uncurl upward; reproduce by spores
  1. A female given name from the fern plant.

Other Inspirations for the Name Fern

Fern Gully
Fern Canyon
Fern Care
Fern Grapin
Fern Plant
Fern Rock Transportation Center
Fern Test
Fern Hill
Fern Michaels

Notable Persons With the Last Name Fern

Scott Fern

Scott was born in 1983.

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What does the name Fern mean?

Fis for fair, always honest and true.

Eis for eternal, your spirit will live.

Ris for resourceful, in any challenge that comes your way

Nis for nurturing, the care you provide to all

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