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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ghost

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  • According to a user from Michigan, United States, the name Ghost is of Unknown origin and means "Gift of God".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ghost
Senses
  1. The spirit; the soul of man.(Obs)"Then gives her grieved ghost thus to lament." [Spenser.]
  2. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter."The mighty ghosts of our great Harrys rose." [Shak.]"I thought that I had died in sleep, And was a blessed ghost." [Coleridge.]
  3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering; as, not a ghost of a chance; the ghost of an idea. "Each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor." [Poe.]
  4. A false image formed in a telescope by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses."And he gave up the ghost full softly." [Chaucer.]"Jacob . . . yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people"Gen. xlix. 33.

Etymology: OE. gast gost, soul, spirit, AS. gāst breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. gēst spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze ghastly

verb Ghost
To die; to expire.
verb Ghost
To appear to or haunt in the form of an apparition.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A mental representation of some haunting experience ("he looked like he had seen a ghost")
  2. A suggestion of some quality ("he detected a ghost of a smile on her face")
  3. The visible disembodied soul of a dead person
  4. A writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
  5. Write for someone else ("How many books have you ghostwritten so far?")
  6. Haunt like a ghost; pursue
  7. Move like a ghost ("The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard")
Wiktionary

From Middle English gost, gast, from Old English gāst (“breath, soul, spirit, ghost, being”), from Proto-Germanic *gaistaz (“ghost, spirit”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰeyzd-, *ǵʰizd-, *ǵʰeysd-, *ǵʰisd- (“anger, agitation”). Cognate with Scots ghaist (“ghost”), Saterland Frisian Gäist (“spirit”), West Frisian geast (“spirit”), Dutch geest (“spirit, mind, ghost”), German Geist (“spirit, mind, intellect”), Swedish gast (“ghost”), Sanskrit हेड (heḍa, “anger, hatred”).

  1. (dated) The spirit; the soul of man.
  2. The disembodied soul; the soul or spirit of a deceased person; a spirit appearing after death; an apparition; a specter.
    Everyone believed that the of an old lady haunted the crypt.
  3. Any faint shadowy semblance; an unsubstantial image; a phantom; a glimmering.
    not a of a chance; the of an idea
  4. A false image formed in a telescope, camera, or other optical device by reflection from the surfaces of one or more lenses.
  5. An unwanted image similar to and overlapping or adjacent to the main one on a television screen, caused by the transmitted image being received both directly and via reflection.
  6. A ghostwriter.
  7. (Internet) An unresponsive user on IRC, resulting from the user's client disconnecting without notifying the server.
  8. (computing) An image of a file or hard disk.
  9. (theater) An understudy.
  10. (espionage) A covert (and deniable) agent.
  11. The faint image that remains after an attempt to remove graffiti.
  12. (video games) An opponent in a racing game that follows a previously recorded route, allowing players to compete against previous best times.
  13. A dead person whose identity is stolen by another. See ghosting.
  14. (attributive, in names of species) White or pale.
    ghost slug; ghostberry; ghostflower; ghost crab; ghost bat
  15. (attributive, in names of species) Transparent or translucent.
    ghost ant; ghost catfish; ghost nipper; ghost nudibranch
  16. (attributive) Abandoned.
    ghost town; ghost net; ghost ramp; ghost ship
  17. (attributive) The remains of.
    ghost cell; ghost crater; ghost image
  18. (attributive) Perceived or listed but not real.
    ghost pain; ghost cellphone vibration; ghost island; ghost voter
  19. (attributive) Of cryptid, supernatural or extraterrestrial nature.
    ghost rocket; ghost deer; ghost cat
  20. (attributive) Substitute.
    ghost writer; ghost band; ghost singer

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Popularity of Ghost as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ghost U.S.
  White 33.57% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 57.34% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ghost

People with the last name Ghost are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Ghost

  • How Popular is the name Ghost? As a last name Ghost was the 120,901st most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Ghost? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Ghost was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Ghost: Your name in reverse order is Tsohg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oshgt. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ghost? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 143 people with the last name Ghost.
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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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