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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Goethe

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  1. German poet and novelist and dramatist who lived in Weimar (1749-1832)
  1. A German surname​.
    Johann Wolfgang Goethe, a German writer

Goethe was also found in the following language(s): German and Portuguese

Notable Persons With the Last Name Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a poet, novelist, playwright, natural philosopher, diplomat, civil servant, and natural philosophy. Johann was born on August 28th, 1749 in Frankfurt. He passed away on March 22nd, 1832.


Katharina was given the name Katharina Elisabeth Textor on February 19th, 1731 in Frankfurt am Main. She passed away on September 13th, 1808.


Cornelia Schlosser was a scribe. Cornelia was given the name Cornelia Friederica Christiana Goethe on December 7th, 1750 in Frankfurt. Cornelia is also known as Goethe and Cornelia Friederica Christiana. She died in 8.


Odd was born in 1919. He passed away in 2002.



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Popularity of Goethe as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Goethe U.S.
  White 75.71% 64.26%
  African American 22.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.85% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Goethe

People with the last name Goethe are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Goethe

  • How Popular is the name Goethe? As a last name Goethe was the 32,632nd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Goethe first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Goethe is Saturday, November 8th, 1890.
  • How unique is the name Goethe? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Goethe. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Goethe: Your name in reverse order is Ehteog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Getohe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Goethe? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 704 people with the last name Goethe.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Goethe? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Goethe as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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