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Origin and Meaning of Glory

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Glo"ry
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  1. Praise, honor, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing; high reputation; honorable fame; renown." Glory to God in the highest." [Luke ii. 14.]"Spread his glory through all countries wide." [Spenser.]
  2. That quality in a person or thing which secures general praise or honor; that which brings or gives renown; an object of pride or boast; the occasion of praise; excellency; brilliancy; splendor."Think it no glory to swell in tyranny." [Sir P. Sidney.]"Jewels lose their glory if neglected." [Shak.]"Your sex's glory 't is to shine unknown." [Young.]
  3. Pride; boastfulness; arrogance."In glory of thy fortunes." [Chapman.]
  4. The presence of the Divine Being; the manifestations of the divine nature and favor to the blessed in heaven; celestial honor; heaven."Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory." [Ps. lxxiii. 24.]
  5. An emanation of light supposed to proceed from beings of peculiar sanctity. It is represented in art by rays of gold, or the like, proceeding from the head or body, or by a disk, or a mere line.

Note: ☞ This is the general term; when confined to the head it is properly called nimbus; when encircling the whole body, aureola or aureole.

Etymology: OE. glorie, OF. glorie gloire, F. gloire, fr. L. gloria; prob. akin to Gr. kle`os, Skr. çravas glory, praise, çru to hear. See Loud

verb Glo"ry
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  1. To exult with joy; to rejoice." Glory ye in his holy name." [Ps. cv.�]
  2. To boast; to be proud."God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ." [Gal. vi. 14]"No one . . . should glory in his prosperity." [Richardson.]

Etymology: OE. glorien, OF. glorier, fr. L. gloriari, fr. gloria glory. See Glory (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Brilliant radiant beauty ("the glory of the sunrise")
  2. An indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
  3. A state of high honor ("he valued glory above life itself")
  4. Rejoice proudly
Wiktionary

From Middle English glory, glorie, from Old French glorie (“glory”), from Latin glōria (“glory, fame, renown, praise, ambition, boasting”), from Proto-Indo-European *glōs-, *gals-, *galos- (“voice, cry”). Cognate with Old English ceallian (“to cry out, shout, call”). More at call.

  1. Great beauty or splendour, that is so overwhelming it is considered powerful.
  2. Honour, admiration, or distinction, accorded by common consent to a person or thing; high reputation; renown.
  3. That quality in a person or thing which secures general praise or honour.
  4. Worship or praise.
  5. An optical phenomenon caused by water droplets, consisting of concentric rings and somewhat similar to a rainbow.
  6. Victory; success.
  7. An emanation of light supposed to proceed from beings of peculiar sanctity. It is represented in art by rays of gold, or the like, proceeding from the head or body, or by a disk, or a mere line.
  8. (obsolete) Pride; boastfulness; arrogance.

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Glory Johnson is a basketball player for the Dallas Wings in the Women's National Basketball Association. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2012 to present. Glory was born on July 27th, 1990 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Glory Annen Clibbery is an actor and actress. Glory was born on September 5th, 1952 in Kenora.

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Glory Alozie is an athlete.

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Glory Iroka is a soccer player for the Rivers Angels F.C., Nigeria women's national under-20 football team, and Nigeria women's national football team. Glory was born on January 3rd, 1990 in Nigeria.

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She holds the title Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria 2009 and Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria2009.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Glory

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General Glory is a comics character.

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She was most active from 1924 to present. Marie was given the name Raymonde Louise Marcelle Toully on March 3rd, 1905 in Mortagne-au-Perche, Orne, Normandy, France. Marie is also known as Arlette Genny (1924–27) and Mary Glory. She breathed her last breath on January 24th, 2009.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 5 5 0
1916 5 5 0
1917 13 13 0
1918 11 11 0
1919 8 8 0
1920 10 10 0
1921 10 10 0
1922 9 9 0
1923 12 12 0
1924 16 16 0
1925 20 20 0
1926 25 25 0
1927 19 19 0
1928 25 25 0
1929 21 21 0
1930 17 17 0
1931 24 24 0
1932 21 21 0
1933 22 22 0
1934 28 28 0
1935 23 23 0
1936 21 21 0
1937 21 21 0
1938 19 19 0
1939 26 26 0
1940 32 32 0
1941 25 25 0
1942 31 31 0
1943 36 36 0
1944 28 28 0
1945 56 56 0
1946 38 38 0
1947 47 47 0
1948 49 49 0
1949 47 47 0
1950 42 42 0
1951 43 43 0
1952 70 70 0
1953 52 52 0
1954 53 53 0
1955 47 47 0
1956 53 53 0
1957 61 61 0
1958 57 57 0
1959 60 60 0
1960 63 63 0
1961 58 58 0
1962 66 66 0
1963 56 56 0
1964 39 39 0
1965 52 52 0
1966 36 36 0
1967 23 23 0
1968 37 37 0
1969 35 35 0
1970 40 40 0
1971 37 37 0
1972 33 33 0
1973 30 30 0
1974 38 38 0
1975 31 31 0
1976 35 35 0
1977 20 20 0
1978 30 30 0
1979 33 33 0
1980 31 31 0
1981 26 26 0
1982 24 24 0
1983 36 36 0
1984 21 21 0
1985 20 20 0
1986 24 24 0
1987 22 22 0
1988 22 22 0
1989 32 32 0
1990 33 33 0
1991 26 26 0
1992 33 33 0
1993 36 36 0
1994 34 34 0
1995 27 27 0
1996 41 41 0
1997 58 58 0
1998 35 35 0
1999 51 51 0
2000 50 50 0
2001 55 55 0
2002 58 58 0
2003 63 63 0
2004 62 62 0
2005 66 66 0
2006 67 67 0
2007 65 65 0
2008 62 62 0
2009 54 54 0
2010 80 80 0
2011 66 66 0
2012 87 87 0
2013 82 74 8
2014 95 95 0
2015 93 83 10
2016 122 112 10
2017 119 108 11

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Glory U.S.
  White 43.17% 64.26%
  African American 6.12% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 15.47% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 20.50% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 8.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.76% 16.26%

Of Last Name Glory

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Fun Facts about the name Glory

  • How Popular is the name Glory? Glory is the 4,265th most popular name of all time. As a last name Glory was the 70,403rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Glory have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,128 babies born with the first name Glory in the United States. That's more than enough people named Glory to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Glory? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Glory first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Glory is Wednesday, June 28th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Glory born? The highest recorded use of the first name Glory was in 2016 with a total of 112 babies.
  • Random Glory Factoid: According to the 2005 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Glory is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 12 babies in California have the same name as you in 2005.
  • Weird things about the name Glory: Your name in reverse order is Yrolg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lyorg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Glory? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 278 people with the last name Glory.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Glory? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Glory as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m 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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