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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Grass
  1. Popularly: Herbage; the plants which constitute the food of cattle and other beasts; pasture.
  2. [Bot] An endogenous plant having simple leaves, a stem generally jointed and tubular, the husks or glumes in pairs, and the seed single.
  3. The season of fresh grass; spring.(Colloq)"Two years old next grass." [Latham.]
  4. Metaphorically used for what is transitory."Surely the people is grass." [Is. xl. 7.]
  5. Marijuana.(Slang)Barnyard grassfor hay. South. Panicum Grus-galli.Bentpasture and hay. Agrostis, several species.Bermuda grasspasture. South. Cynodon Dactylon.Black bent. Same as Switch grassbelow).Blue benthay. North and West. Andropogon provincialis.Blue grasspasture. Poa compressa.Blue jointhay. Northwest. Aqropyrum glaucum.Buffalo grass, grazing. Rocky Mts., etc. Buchloë dectyloides . Same as Grama grassbelow). Bunch grassgrazing. Far West. Eriocoma Festuca Stips, etc. ChessorCheat a weed. Bromus secalinus, etc.Couch grass. Same as Quick grassbelow).Crab grassHay, in South. A weed, in North. Panicum sanguinale. Pasture and hay. South. Eleusine Indica.DarnelBearded, a noxious weed. Lolium temulentum. Common. Same as Rye grassbelow).Drop seedfair for forage and hay. Muhlenbergia, several species.English grass. Same as Redtopbelow).Fowl meadow grass. Pasture and hay. Poa serotina. Hay, on moist land. Gryceria nervata.Gama grasscut fodder. South. Tripsacum dactyloides. Grama grassgrazing. West and Pacific slope. Bouteloua oligostachya, etc.Great bunch grasspasture and hay. Far West. Festuca scabrella.Guinea grasshay. South. Panicum jumentorum.Herd's grassin New England Timothy, in Pennsylvania and South Redtop.Indian grass. Same as Wood grassbelow).Italian rye grassforage and hay. Lolium Italicum.Johnson grassgrazing and hay. South and Southwest. Sorghum Halepense.Kentucky blue grasspasture. Poa pratensis.Lyme grasscoarse hay. South. Elymus, several species.Manna grasspasture and hay. Glyceria, several species.Meadow fescuepasture and hay. Festuca elatior.Meadow foxtailpasture, hay, lawn. North. Alopecurus pratensis.Meadow grasspasture, hay, lawn. Poa, several species. Mesquite grassorMuskit grass. Same as Grama grassabove). Nimble Willa kind of drop seed. Muhlenbergia diffsa.Orchard grasspasture and hay. Dactylis glomerata.Porcupine grasstroublesome to sheep. Northwest. Stipa spartea.Quaking grassornamental. Briza media and maxima. Quitchor Quickgrass etc., a weed. Agropyrum repens.Ray grass. Same as Rye grassbelow).Redtoppasture and hay. Agrostis vulgaris.Red-topped buffalo grassforage. Northwest. Poa tenuifolia.Reed canary grassof slight value. Phalaris arundinacea.Reed meadow grasshay. North. Glyceria aquatica.Ribbon grassa striped leaved form of Reed canary grass.Rye grasspasture, hay. Lolium perennevar.Seneca grassfragrant basket work, etc. North. Hierochloa borealis.Sesame grass. Same as Gama grassabove).Sheep's fescuesheep pasture, native in Northern Europe and Asia. Festuca ovina.Small reed grassmeadow pasture and hay. North. Deyeuxia Canadensis.Spear grassSame as Meadow grassabove).Squirrel-tail grasstroublesome to animals. Seacoast and Northwest. Hordeum jubatum.Switch grasshay, cut young. Panicum virgatum.Timothycut young, the best of hay. North. Phleum pratense.Velvet grasshay on poor soil. South. Holcus lanatus.Vernal grasspasture, hay, lawn. Anthoxanthum odoratum.Wire grassvaluable in pastures. Poa compressa. Wood grassIndian grass hay. Chrysopogon nutans.

Note: ☞ This definition includes wheat, rye, oats, barley, etc., and excludes clover and some other plants which are commonly called by the name of grass. The grasses form a numerous family of plants.

Note: ☞ The following list includes most of the grasses of the United States of special interest, except cereals. Many of these terms will be found with definitions in the Vocabulary. See Illustrations in Appendix.

Note: ☞ Many plants are popularly called grasses which are not true grasses botanically considered, such as black grass, goose grass, star grass, etc.

Etymology: OE. gras gres gers, AS, græs gærs; akin to OFries. gres gers, OS., D., G., Icel., & Goth. gras, Dan. græs, Sw. gräs, and prob. to E. green grow. Cf. Graze

verb Grass
  1. To cover with grass or with turf.
  2. To expose, as flax, on the grass for bleaching, etc.
  3. To bring to the grass or ground; to land; as, to grass a fish.(Colloq)
verb Grass
To produce grass.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Street names for marijuana
  2. Bulky food like grass or hay for browsing or grazing horses or cattle
  3. A police informer who implicates many people
  4. German writer of novels and poetry and plays (born 1927)
  5. Narrow-leaved green herbage: grown as lawns; used as pasture for grazing animals; cut and dried as hay
  6. Give away information about somebody
  7. Shoot down, of birds
  8. Feed with grass
  9. Cover with grass
  10. Spread out clothes on the grass to let it dry and bleach
  11. Cover with grass ("The owners decided to grass their property")
  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons Named Grass

Grass Green was a notable person. Grass was born on May 7th, 1939 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Grass is also known as Grass Green. He breathed his last breath on August 5th, 2002.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Grass

Günter Grass was a novelist, poet, playwright, sculptor, and graphic designer. His career lasted from 1956 to 2013. Günter was given the name Günter Wilhelm Graß on October 16th, 1927 in Wrzeszcz. He left this life on April 13th, 2015.


Frank Grass is an important individual. Frank was born on May 19th, 1951 in Arnold, Missouri.


Alex Grass was a noteworthy individual. Alex was given the name Alexander Grass on August 3rd, 1927 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He passed away on August 27th, 2009.


Daniella Van Graas is an actor, model (people), actress, and model. She was most prominent from 2000 to present. Daniella was given the name Daniella Van Grass on August 4th, 1975 in Tuitjenhorn.


Vincent Grass is a leading human. Vincent was born on January 9th, 1949 in Brussels.


John Grass is an important individual. John was born on February 29th, 1968 in Ashville, Alabama.


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Popularity of Grass as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Grass U.S.
  White 86.23% 64.26%
  African American 1.71% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.37% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 5.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.99% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.90% 16.26%

Of Last Name Grass

People with the last name Grass are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Grass

  • How Popular is the name Grass? As a last name Grass was the 7,301st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Grass first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Grass is Tuesday, December 10th, 1878.
  • How unique is the name Grass? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Grass. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Grass: Your name in reverse order is Ssarg. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rssga. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Grass? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,567 people with the last name Grass.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Grass? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Grass as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.