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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Gardenia

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Garde"ni*a
A genus of plants, some species of which produce beautiful and fragrant flowers; Cape jasmine; -- so called in honor of Dr. Alexander Garden.

Etymology: NL

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any of various shrubs and small trees of the genus Gardenia having large fragrant white or yellow flowers
Wiktionary

From New Latin, after Scottish naturalist Dr. Alexander Garden.

  1. Any of various tropical evergreen small trees or shrubs, of the genus Gardenia, having glossy leaves and white flowers.
  2. The flower of these plants.

gardenia was also found in the following language(s): Finnish, Italian, Polish, and Spanish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Gardenia

His career lasted from 1945 to 1992. Vincent was given the name Vincenzo Scognamiglio on January 7th, 1920 in Naples. He passed away on December 9th, 1992.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1917 5 5 0
1919 5 5 0
1924 7 7 0
1927 6 6 0
1929 5 5 0
1930 7 7 0
1932 6 6 0
1933 6 6 0
1934 13 13 0
1935 16 16 0
1936 17 17 0
1937 26 26 0
1938 17 17 0
1939 10 10 0
1940 15 15 0
1941 14 14 0
1942 12 12 0
1943 18 18 0
1944 11 11 0
1945 18 18 0
1946 15 15 0
1947 13 13 0
1948 16 16 0
1949 15 15 0
1950 12 12 0
1951 11 11 0
1952 18 18 0
1953 22 22 0
1954 23 23 0
1955 18 18 0
1956 18 18 0
1957 10 10 0
1958 10 10 0
1959 13 13 0
1960 16 16 0
1961 16 16 0
1962 9 9 0
1963 11 11 0
1964 16 16 0
1965 5 5 0
1966 11 11 0
1967 7 7 0
1968 8 8 0
1970 5 5 0
1971 7 7 0
1972 7 7 0
1973 5 5 0
1974 10 10 0
1975 5 5 0
1976 9 9 0
1977 10 10 0
1978 9 9 0
1979 8 8 0
1980 5 5 0
1981 8 8 0
1982 9 9 0
1983 8 8 0
1984 5 5 0
1985 9 9 0
1986 9 9 0
1987 8 8 0
1988 7 7 0
1989 11 11 0
1990 22 22 0
1991 19 19 0
1992 70 70 0
1993 42 42 0
1994 41 41 0
1995 28 28 0
1996 23 23 0
1997 18 18 0
1998 21 21 0
1999 31 31 0
2000 21 21 0
2001 17 17 0
2002 19 19 0
2003 19 19 0
2004 16 16 0
2005 24 24 0
2006 14 14 0
2007 11 11 0
2008 15 15 0
2009 22 22 0
2010 18 18 0
2011 12 12 0
2012 16 16 0
2013 12 12 0
2014 6 6 0
2015 13 13 0
2016 9 9 0
2017 13 13 0

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Popularity of Gardenia as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Gardenia

  • How Popular is the name Gardenia? Gardenia is the 8,985th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Gardenia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,293 babies born with the first name Gardenia in the United States. That's more than enough people named Gardenia 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 Gardenia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1917 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Gardenia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Gardenia is Tuesday, August 31st, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Gardenia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Gardenia was in 1992 with a total of 70 babies.
  • Random Gardenia Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Gardenia is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Gardenia: Your name in reverse order is Ainedrag. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Araidgne. How do you pronounce that?

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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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