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Origin and Meaning of Fresco

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fres"co
  1. A cool, refreshing state of the air; duskiness; coolness; shade.(R)
  2. [Fine Arts]
    1. The art of painting on freshly spread plaster, before it dries.
    2. In modern parlance, incorrectly applied to painting on plaster in any manner.
    3. A painting on plaster in either of senses and .

Etymology: It., fr. fresco fresh; of German origin. See Fresh (a.)

verb Fres"co
To paint in fresco, as walls.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A durable method of painting on a wall by using watercolors on wet plaster
  2. A mural done with watercolors on wet plaster
  3. Paint onto wet plaster on a wall

From Italian fresco, from Medieval Latin friscus, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz, whence also English fresh.

  1. (uncountable) In painting, the technique of applying water-based pigment to wet or fresh lime mortar or plaster.
  2. (countable) A painting made using this technique.
  3. A cool, refreshing state of the air; duskiness; coolness; shade.

fresco was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Galician, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Fresco

Fresco Thompson was a baseball player. Fresco was born on June 6th, 1902 in Centreville, Alabama. He passed away on November 20th, 1968.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Fresco

Jacque Fresco is a futurist, social engineer, structural engineer, architectural designer, industrial designer, author, lecturer, social engineering (political science), structural engineering, and industrial engineering. Jacque was born on March 13th, 1916 in Brooklyn.


Victor Fresco is a television writer, producer, show creator, and screenwriting. Victor was born on January 9th, 1958 in Los Angeles.


Louise was born on February 11th, 1952 in Meppel, Netherlands.


Raz Fresco is a hip hop music rapping and record producer. He has had major accomplishments since 2009. Raz was given the name Rasquiz Alfred Johnson on January 27th, 1995 in Toronto.


Lucía was born on May 14th, 1991 in Chajarí.


Zohar Fresco is a jazz musician. He plays Frame drum, percussion, and voice. Zohar was born in 1969.


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Popularity of Fresco as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Fresco U.S.
  White 70.93% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.52% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 20.39% 16.26%

Of Last Name Fresco

People with the last name Fresco are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Fresco

  • How Popular is the name Fresco? As a last name Fresco was the 46,219th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Fresco first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Fresco is Friday, June 6th, 1902.
  • How unique is the name Fresco? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Fresco. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Fresco: Your name in reverse order is Ocserf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Refocs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Fresco? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 461 people with the last name Fresco.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Fresco? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Fresco as their last name since less than 1 person in 625k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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).
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