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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Granite

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Gran"ite
A crystalline, granular rock, consisting of quartz, feldspar, and mica, and usually of a whitish, grayish, or flesh-red color. It differs from gneiss in not having the mica in planes, and therefore in being destitute of a schistose structure.

Note: ☞ Varieties containing hornblende are common. See also the Note under Mica.

Etymology: It. granito granite, adj., grainy, p. p. of granire to make grainy, fr. L. granum grain; cf. F. granit. See Grain

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something having the quality of granite (unyielding firmness) ("a man of granite")
  2. Plutonic igneous rock having visibly crystalline texture; generally composed of feldspar and mica and quartz

From French granit (“granite”), from Italian granito (“granite”), from granire (“to granulate”), from grano (“grain”), from Latin granum (“grain”). Compare granita.

  1. (petrology) A group of igneous and plutonic rocks composed primarily of feldspar and quartz. Usually contains one or more dark minerals, which may be mica, pyroxene, or amphibole. Granite is quarried for building stone, road gravel, decorative stone, and tombstones. Common colors are gray, white, pink, and yellow-brown.
  2. (uncountable, figuratively) Toughness; the quality of having a thick skin or being rough.

granite was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons With the Last Name Granite

Josh Granite is a sports team member for the Trafford F.C.


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Popularity of Granite as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Granite U.S.
  White 95.47% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Granite

People with the last name Granite are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Granite

  • How Popular is the name Granite? Granite is the 38,061st most popular name of all time. As a last name Granite was the 78,567th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Granite have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 91 babies born with the first name Granite in the United States. That's more than enough people named Granite to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Granite? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Granite first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Granite is Tuesday, June 11th, 1901.
  • What year had the most people named Granite born? The highest recorded use of the first name Granite was in 2016 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Granite: Your name in reverse order is Etinarg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Targine. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Granite? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 243 people with the last name Granite.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Granite? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Granite as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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