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Origin and Meaning of Heading

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Head"ing
  1. The act or state of one who, or that which, heads; formation of a head.
  2. That which stands at the head; title; as, the heading of a paper.
  3. Material for the heads of casks, barrels, etc.
  4. [Mining, tunneling]
    1. A gallery, drift, or adit in a mine; the vein above a drift.
    2. The end of a drift or gallery; also, the working face at the end of a tunnel, gallery, drift, or adit from which the work is advanced.
  5. [Sewing] The extension of a line ruffling above the line of stitch.
  6. [Masonry] That end of a stone or brick which is presented outward.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A horizontal (or nearly horizontal) passageway in a mine
  2. A line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about ("the heading seemed to have little to do with the text")
  3. The direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
  1. The title or topic of a document, article, chapter, or of a section thereof.
  2. (nautical) The direction into which a seagoing or airborne vessel's bow is pointing (apparent heading) and/or the direction into which it is actually moving relative to the ground (true heading)
  3. Material for the heads of casks, barrels, etc.
  4. (mining) A gallery, drift, or adit in a mine; also, the end of a drift or gallery; the vein above a drift.
  5. (sewing) The extension of a line ruffling above the line of stitch.
  6. (masonry) The end of a stone or brick which is presented outward.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Heading

Sir James Heading was a cattle, pastoral farming, and soldier. James was given the name James Alfred Heading on January 28th, 1884 in Payneham, South Australia. He left this life on April 9th, 1969.


Aaron was born on May 21st, 1987.


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Popularity of Heading as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Heading U.S.
  White 77.48% 64.26%
  African American 14.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.95% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Heading

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

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Fun Facts about the name Heading

  • How Popular is the name Heading? As a last name Heading was the 84,463rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Heading first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Heading is Thursday, February 18th, 1892.
  • How unique is the name Heading? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Heading. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Heading: Your name in reverse order is Gnidaeh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ehniadg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Heading? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 222 people with the last name Heading.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Heading? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Heading 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).
  • 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.