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Origin and Meaning of Flourish

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  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Flourish is of English origin and means "Success, successful person".
  • A submission from Texas, United States says the name Flourish means "Blossom" and is of African American origin.
  • According to a user from Nigeria, the name Flourish is of African origin and means ""God abundance "".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Flour"ish
  1. To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive."A tree thrives and flourishes in a kindly . . . soil." [Bp. Horne.]
  2. To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production."When all the workers of iniquity do flourish." [Ps. xcii 7]"Bad men as frequently prosper and flourish, and that by the means of their wickedness." [Nelson.]"We say Of those that held their heads above the crowd, They flourished then or then." [Tennyson.]
  3. To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery."They dilate . . . and flourish long on little incidents." [J. Watts.]
  4. To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion."Impetuous spread The stream, and smoking flourished o'er his head." [Pope.]
  5. To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.
  6. To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude."Why do the emperor's trumpets flourish thus?" [Shak.]
  7. To boast; to vaunt; to brag.

Etymology: OE. florisshen flurisshen, OF. flurir, F. fleurir, fr. L. florere to bloom, fr. flos floris, flower. See Flower, and -ish

verb Flour"ish
  1. To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.(Obs)
  2. To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words.(Obs)"Sith that the justice of your title to him Doth flourish the deceit." [Shak.]
  3. To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish."And flourishes his blade in spite of me." [Shak.]
  4. To develop; to make thrive; to expand.(Obs)"Bottoms of thread . . . which with a good needle, perhaps may be flourished into large works." [Bacon.]
noun Flour"ish
  1. A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.(Archaic)"The Roman monarchy, in her highest flourish, never had the like." [Howell.]
  2. Decoration; ornament; beauty."The flourish of his sober youth Was the pride of naked truth." [Crashaw.]
  3. Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit."He lards with flourishes his long harangue." [Dryden.]
  4. A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure."The neat characters and flourishes of a Bible curiously printed." [Boyle.]
  5. A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare."A flourish, trumpets! strike alarum, drums!" [Shak.]
  6. The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (music) a short lively tune played on brass instruments ("he entered to a flourish of trumpets")
  2. The act of waving
  3. A display of ornamental speech or language
  4. A showy gesture ("she entered with a great flourish")
  5. An ornamental embellishment in writing
  6. Grow vigorously
  7. Move or swing back and forth
  8. Make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

From Middle English floryschen, from Old French floriss-, stem of some conjugated forms of florir (compare modern French fleurir), from Vulgar Latin *florīre, from Latin flōreō (“I bloom”) (and conjugation partly from flōrēscō), from flōs (“flower”). See flower + -ish.

  1. A dramatic gesture such as the waving of a flag.
    With many of the captured banner, they marched down the avenue.
  2. An ornamentation.
    His signature ended with a .
  3. (music) A ceremonious passage such as a fanfare.
    The trumpets blew a as they entered the church.
  4. (architecture) A decorative embellishment on a building.

Fun Facts about the name Flourish

  • How Popular is the name Flourish? Flourish is the 76,138th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Flourish have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Flourish in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Flourish? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2016 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Flourish born? The highest recorded use of the first name Flourish was in 2016 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Flourish: Your name in reverse order is Hsiruolf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ursiolhf. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Flourish born Nov 11, 1992

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Yukon approximately on 1725. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. It always seemed to you, that your perceptions of the world are somewhat different. Your lesson - to trust your intuition as your best guide in present life.

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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.