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Origin and Meaning of Heart

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  • A submission from United States says the name Heart means "Love ..Passion, Embrace , Adore" and is of English origin.
  • A user from Philippines says the name Heart is of English origin and means "Loveable Child".
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noun Heart
  1. [Anat] A hollow, muscular organ, which, by contracting rhythmically, keeps up the circulation of the blood."Why does my blood thus muster to my heart!" [Shak.]
  2. The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, and the like; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; -- usually in a good sense, when no epithet is expressed; the better or lovelier part of our nature; the spring of all our actions and purposes; the seat of moral life and character; the moral affections and character itself; the individual disposition and character; as, a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish heart ." Hearts are dust, hearts' loves remain." [Emerson.]
  3. The nearest the middle or center; the part most hidden and within; the inmost or most essential part of any body or system; the source of life and motion in any organization; the chief or vital portion; the center of activity, or of energetic or efficient action; as, the heart of a country, of a tree, etc. "Exploits done in the heart of France." [Shak.]"Peace subsisting at the heart Of endless agitation." [Wordsworth.]
  4. Courage; courageous purpose; spirit."Eve, recovering heart, replied." [Milton.]"The expelled nations take heart, and when they fly from one country invade another." [Sir W. Temple.]
  5. Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad."That the spent earth may gather heart again." [Dryden.]
  6. That which resembles a heart in shape; especially, a roundish or oval figure or object having an obtuse point at one end, and at the other a corresponding indentation, -- used as a symbol or representative of the heart.
  7. One of the suits of playing cards, distinguished by the figure or figures of a heart; as, hearts are trumps.
  8. Vital part; secret meaning; real intention."And then show you the heart of my message." [Shak.]
  9. A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address."I speak to thee, my heart." [Shak.]

Note: ☞ In adult mammals and birds, the heart is four-chambered, the right auricle and ventricle being completely separated from the left auricle and ventricle; and the blood flows from the systemic veins to the right auricle, thence to the right ventricle, from which it is forced to the lungs, then returned to the left auricle, thence passes to the left ventricle, from which it is driven into the systemic arteries. See Illust. under Aorta. In fishes there are but one auricle and one ventricle, the blood being pumped from the ventricle through the gills to the system, and thence returned to the auricle. In most amphibians and reptiles, the separation of the auricles is partial or complete, and in reptiles the ventricles also are separated more or less completely. The so-called lymph hearts, found in many amphibians, reptiles, and birds, are contractile sacs, which pump the lymph into the veins.

Note: Heart is used in many compounds, the most of which need no special explanation; as, heart-appalling, heart-breaking, heart-cheering, heart-chilled, heart-expanding, heart-free, heart-hardened, heart-heavy, heart-purifying, heart-searching, heart-sickening, heart-sinking, heart-sore, heart-stirring, heart-touching, heart-wearing, heart-whole, heart-wounding, heart-wringing, etc.

Etymology: OE. harte herte heorte, AS. heorte; akin to OS. herta, OFies. hirte, D. hart, OHG. herza, G. herz, Icel. hjarta, Sw. hjerta, Goth. haírtō, Lith. szirdis, Russ. serdtse, Ir. cridhe, L. cor, Gr. kardi`a kh^r. √277. Cf. Accord Discord Cordial, 4th Core Courage

verb Heart
To give heart to; to hearten; to encourage; to inspirit.
verb Heart
To form a compact center or heart; as, a hearting cabbage.
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  1. A playing card in the major suit that has one or more red hearts on it ("he led the queen of hearts" and "hearts were trumps")
  2. An inclination or tendency of a certain kind ("he had a change of heart")
  3. The courage to carry on ("you haven't got the heart for baseball")
  4. The hollow muscular organ located behind the sternum and between the lungs; its rhythmic contractions move the blood through the body ("he stood still, his heart thumping wildly")
  5. The locus of feelings and intuitions ("in your heart you know it is true")
  6. The choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience ("the heart and soul of the Republican Party")
  7. A positive feeling of liking ("the child won everyone's heart")
  8. A firm rather dry variety meat (usually beef or veal) ("a five-pound beef heart will serve six")
  9. An area that is approximately central within some larger region ("they ran forward into the heart of the struggle")
  10. A plane figure with rounded sides curving inward at the top and intersecting at the bottom; conventionally used on playing cards and valentines ("he drew a heart and called it a valentine")

From Middle English herte, from Old English heorte (“heart”), from Proto-Germanic *hertô (“heart”), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱḗr (“heart”). Germanic cognates: see *hertô. The Indo-European root is also the source of Latin cor, cordis, Ancient Greek καρδιά (kardiá), Sanskrit हृद् (hṛd), Welsh craidd, Irish croí, Armenian սիրտ (sirt), Russian се́рдце (sérdce), and Lithuanian širdis.

  1. (anatomy) A muscular organ that pumps blood through the body, traditionally thought to be the seat of emotion.
  2. (uncountable) Emotions, kindness, moral effort, or spirit in general.
    The team lost, but they showed a lot of .
  3. The seat of the affections or sensibilities, collectively or separately, as love, hate, joy, grief, courage, etc.; rarely, the seat of the understanding or will; usually in a good sense; personality.
    a good, tender, loving, bad, hard, or selfish
  4. Courage; courageous purpose; spirit.
  5. Vigorous and efficient activity; power of fertile production; condition of the soil, whether good or bad.
  6. (archaic) A term of affectionate or kindly and familiar address.
  7. A conventional shape or symbol used to represent the heart, love, or emotion: ♥ or sometimes <3.
  8. A playing card of the suit hearts featuring one or more heart-shaped symbols.
  9. The centre, essence, or core.
    The wood at the of a tree is the oldest.
    Buddhists believe that suffering is right at the of all life.

Notable Persons Named Heart

Heart Evangelista is an actor, music artist (occupation), master of ceremonies, vj (media personality), model (people), actress, recording artist, tv host, vj, and model. She was most prominent from 1998 to present. Heart was given the name Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero on February 14th, 1985. Heart is also known as Heart Evangelista.


Heart was given the name Irene Ballatan on March 28th, 1981 in Philippines.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Heart

Lacie was born on August 22nd, 1986 in Santa Barbara, California, United States.


Busty Heart is a model. Busty was given the name Susan Sykes on May 9th, 1961 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.


Brennan Heart is a hardstyle disc jockey, record producer, and remix. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, DJ mixer, Synthesizer, and FL Studio. He has been prominent since 2006. Brennan was given the name Fabian Bohn on March 2nd, 1982 in Netherlands. Brennan is also known as Brennan Heart.


She holds the title Blessed / Religious of the Good Shepherd / Messenger of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Blessed was born on September 8th, 1863 in Münster. Blessed is also known as Vischering and Maria Droste. She left this life on June 8th, 1899.


Tommy Heart is a heavy metal music, progressive metal, and hard rock musician. He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 1986. Tommy was born on April 5th, 1968 in Berlin.


Michael Heart is a pop rock and alternative rock musician. He plays Guitar. He was most prominent from 1990 to present.


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Popularity of Heart as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Heart U.S.
  White 60.24% 64.26%
  African American 24.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 4.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Heart

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

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Fun Facts about the name Heart

  • How Popular is the name Heart? Heart is the 60,198th most popular name of all time. As a last name Heart was the 20,263rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Heart have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22 babies born with the first name Heart in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Heart? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2004 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Heart first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Heart is Saturday, May 2nd, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Heart born? The highest recorded use of the first name Heart was in 2017 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Heart: Your name in reverse order is Traeh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Etrah. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Heart? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,313 people with the last name Heart.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Heart? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Heart as their last name since less than 1 person in 222k 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).
  • 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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