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Origin and Meaning of Hearth

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hearth
  1. The pavement or floor of brick, stone, or metal in a chimney, on which a fire is made; the floor of a fireplace; also, a corresponding part of a stove."There was a fire on the hearth burning before him." [Jer. xxxvi. 22.]"Where fires thou find'st unraked and hearths unswept. There pinch the maids as blue as bilberry." [Shak.]
  2. The house itself, as the abode of comfort to its inmates and of hospitality to strangers; fireside."Household talk and phrases of the hearth." [Tennyson.]
  3. [Metal. & Manuf] The floor of a furnace, on which the material to be heated lies, or the lowest part of a melting furnace, into which the melted material settles; as, an open- hearth smelting furnace."He had been importuned by the common people to relieve them from the . . . burden of the hearth money." [Macaulay.]

Etymology: OE. harthe herth herthe, AS. heorð; akin to D. haard heerd, Sw. härd, G. herd; cf. Goth. haúri a coal, Icel. hyrr embers, and L. cremare to burn

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  1. An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire can be built ("he laid a fire in the hearth and lit it" and "the hearth was black with the charcoal of many fires")
  2. Home symbolized as a part of the fireplace ("driven from hearth and home")
  3. An area near a fireplace (usually paved and extending out into a room) ("they sat on the hearth and warmed themselves before the fire")

From Middle English herth(e), from Old English heorþ, from Proto-Germanic *herþaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ker- (“heat; fire”). Cognate with West Frisian hurd, Dutch haard, German Herd, Swedish härd.

  1. A brick, stone or cement floor to a fireplace or oven.
  2. An open recess in a wall at the base of a chimney where a fire may be built.
  3. The lowest part of a metallurgical furnace.
  4. A symbol for home or family life.
  5. (paganism) A household or group following the modern pagan faith of Heathenry.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Hearth

Amy was born on April 10th, 1956.


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Popularity of Hearth as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hearth U.S.
  White 95.33% 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 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hearth

People with the last name Hearth are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Hearth

  • How Popular is the name Hearth? As a last name Hearth was the 86,981st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Hearth first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Hearth is Saturday, February 10th, 1940.
  • How unique is the name Hearth? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Hearth. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Hearth: Your name in reverse order is Htraeh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hthrae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hearth? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 214 people with the last name Hearth.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hearth? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Hearth as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m 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).
  • 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).
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