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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ginger

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gin"ger
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  1. [Bot] A plant of the genus Zingiber, of the East and West Indies. The species most known is Zingiber officinale.
  2. The hot and spicy rootstock of Zingiber officinale, which is much used in cookery and in medicine.

Etymology: OE. ginger gingever gingivere, OF. gengibre gingimbre, F. gingembre, L. zingiber zingiberi, fr. Gr. �; of Oriental origin; cf. Ar. & Pers. zenjebīl, fr. Skr. çṛṅgavëra, prop., hornshaped; ���ga horn + vëra body

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Liveliness and energy
  2. Pungent rhizome of the common ginger plant; used fresh as a seasoning especially in Asian cookery
  3. Dried ground gingerroot
  4. Perennial plants having thick branching aromatic rhizomes and leafy reedlike stems
  5. Add ginger to in order to add flavor ("ginger the soup")
  6. (used especially of hair or fur) having a bright orange-brown color ("a man with gingery hair and bright blue eyes" and "a ginger kitten")
Wiktionary

A diminutive of Virginia, also a nickname for someone or something with ginger -coloured hair.

  1. A female given name and nickname.
  2. (rare) A male nickname.
  3. A given name reserved for animals having ginger- or orange-coloured fur or feathers.

Notable Persons Named Ginger

Ginger Rogers was an actress. She was most prominent from 1925 to present. Ginger was given the name Virginia Katherine McMath on July 16th, 1911 in Independence, Missouri, U.S. She left this life on April 25th, 1995.

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Ginger Baker is a jazz, rock music, and blues musician. He was most active from 1956 to 2016. Ginger was given the name Peter Edward Baker on August 19th, 1939 in Lewisham.

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She has been prominent since 2004. Ginger was given the name Ginger Renee Zuidgeest on January 13th, 1981 in Orange, California, U.S. Ginger is also known as Zuidgeest and Ginger Renee.

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Ginger Gilmour is a sculptor. Ginger was given the name Virginia Hasenbein on January 19th, 1949 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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Ginger Fish is an industrial metal and alternative metal musician. He plays Drum kit and Piano. His career lasted from 1995 to 1995. Ginger was given the name Kenneth Robert Wilson on September 28th, 1965 in Framingham, Massachusetts. Ginger is also known as Ginger Fish.

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Ginger Grant is an actor.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ginger

Wilhelmina was given the name Wilhelmina Caroline Ginger on March 26th, 1875 in New York City. Wilhelmina is also known as Mina Van Winkle. She died on January 16th, 1932.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1913 5 5 0
1914 8 8 0
1915 18 18 0
1916 13 13 0
1917 18 18 0
1918 25 25 0
1919 24 24 0
1920 33 33 0
1921 36 36 0
1922 24 24 0
1923 29 29 0
1924 41 41 0
1925 30 30 0
1926 32 32 0
1927 27 27 0
1928 20 20 0
1929 19 19 0
1930 33 33 0
1931 32 32 0
1932 31 31 0
1933 61 61 0
1934 76 76 0
1935 120 120 0
1936 188 188 0
1937 156 156 0
1938 138 138 0
1939 165 165 0
1940 202 202 0
1941 226 226 0
1942 229 229 0
1943 313 313 0
1944 317 317 0
1945 362 362 0
1946 596 596 0
1947 684 684 0
1948 600 600 0
1949 665 665 0
1950 657 657 0
1951 866 866 0
1952 903 903 0
1953 858 858 0
1954 861 861 0
1955 845 845 0
1956 972 972 0
1957 1,007 1,007 0
1958 951 951 0
1959 1,092 1,092 0
1960 1,138 1,138 0
1961 1,083 1,083 0
1962 1,186 1,186 0
1963 1,224 1,224 0
1964 1,191 1,183 8
1965 1,111 1,111 0
1966 1,149 1,149 0
1967 1,161 1,161 0
1968 1,195 1,190 5
1969 1,276 1,276 0
1970 1,381 1,381 0
1971 1,670 1,670 0
1972 1,324 1,317 7
1973 1,279 1,272 7
1974 1,287 1,281 6
1975 1,085 1,077 8
1976 1,081 1,081 0
1977 952 952 0
1978 996 996 0
1979 758 758 0
1980 750 750 0
1981 720 720 0
1982 683 683 0
1983 527 527 0
1984 431 431 0
1985 336 336 0
1986 289 289 0
1987 235 235 0
1988 220 220 0
1989 173 173 0
1990 146 146 0
1991 153 153 0
1992 155 155 0
1993 126 126 0
1994 116 116 0
1995 100 100 0
1996 99 99 0
1997 102 102 0
1998 122 122 0
1999 107 107 0
2000 109 109 0
2001 117 117 0
2002 132 132 0
2003 134 134 0
2004 131 131 0
2005 154 154 0
2006 138 138 0
2007 174 174 0
2008 134 134 0
2009 168 168 0
2010 147 147 0
2011 125 125 0
2012 112 112 0
2013 93 93 0
2014 80 80 0
2015 68 68 0
2016 56 56 0
2017 62 62 0

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Popularity of Ginger as a first name

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Popularity of Ginger as a last name

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Common last names for Ginger

  • Smith
  • Rogers
  • Johnson
  • Hall
  • Moore
  • Brown
  • Morris
  • Davis

Common first names for Ginger

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ginger U.S.
  White 85.56% 64.26%
  African American 9.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.70% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.97% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ginger

People with the last name Ginger are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Ginger

  • How Popular is the name Ginger? Ginger is the 1,056th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ginger was the 22,608th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ginger have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 45,859 babies born with the first name Ginger in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ginger to occupy the territory of Turks and Caicos Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 44,493 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ginger? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ginger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ginger is Saturday, May 3rd, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Ginger born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ginger was in 1971 with a total of 1,670 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ginger!
  • Random Ginger Factoid: According to the 1971 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ginger ranks 100th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 33 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1971.
  • Weird things about the name Ginger: Your name in reverse order is Regnig. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Gniegr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ginger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,136 people with the last name Ginger.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ginger? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ginger as their last name since less than 1 person in 256k 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).
  • 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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