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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Harlem

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  1. A district of Manhattan; now largely a Black ghetto

From Nieuw Haarlem (“new Haarlem”), the original Dutch name of the area, after Haarlem, a city in the Netherlands.

  1. A neighborhood in northern Manhattan, currently known for its black population.

Notable Persons Named Harlem

Harlem Yu is a mandopop and hip hop music singing, songwriter, rapping, and presenter. He was most prominent from 1986 to 1986. Harlem was born on July 28th, 1961 in Taipei.


Harlem Gnohéré is a soccer player for the FC Dinamo București, AS Cannes, Troyes AC, FC Bulle, Urania Genève Sport, R.E. Virton, R. Charleroi S.C., K.V.C. Westerlo, Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz, and R.A.E.C. Mons. Harlem was born on February 21st, 1988 in Paris, France.


Harlem Désir is a 11th First Secretary of the Socialist Party. Harlem was born on November 25th, 1959 in Paris, France.


Harlem Heroes is a comics character.


Harlem was born on April 13th, 1885 in New York City. He died on November 26th, 1958.


Harlem Simiona is a soccer player for the Ngongotaha AFC, Tupapa Maraerenga F.C., and Cook Islands national football team. Harlem was born on December 25th, 1990 in Rotorua, New Zealand.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1975 5 0 5
2000 10 5 5
2002 7 0 7
2003 17 6 11
2004 25 5 20
2005 33 0 33
2006 60 7 53
2007 65 14 51
2008 87 17 70
2009 126 40 86
2010 133 31 102
2011 116 28 88
2012 137 43 94
2013 215 55 160
2014 267 70 197
2015 291 89 202
2016 276 93 183
2017 276 101 175

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Popularity of Harlem as a first name

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Popularity of Harlem as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Harlem U.S.
  White 69.70% 64.26%
  African American 28.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Harlem

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

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Fun Facts about the name Harlem

  • How Popular is the name Harlem? Harlem is the 6,491st most popular name of all time. As a last name Harlem was the 129,047th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Harlem have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,146 babies born with the first name Harlem in the United States. That's more than enough people named Harlem to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Harlem? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Harlem first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Harlem is Sunday, April 8th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Harlem born? The highest recorded use of the first name Harlem was in 2015 with a total of 202 babies.
  • Random Harlem Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Harlem is not a popular baby boy's name in Indiana. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Indiana have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Harlem: Your name in reverse order is Melrah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Amherl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Harlem? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 132 people with the last name Harlem.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Harlem? Harlem is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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