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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Heaven

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  • According to a user from Florida, United States, the name Heaven is of English origin and means "Good god".
  • According to a user from Sudan, the name Heaven is of English origin and means "Kingdom of God".
  • A submission from Arkansas, United States says the name Heaven means "Love of god" and is of English origin.
  • A user from Tennessee, United States says the name Heaven means "FREEDOM".
Other origins: African American

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Heav"en
  1. The expanse of space surrounding the earth; esp., that which seems to be over the earth like a great arch or dome; the firmament; the sky; the place where the sun, moon, and stars appear; -- often used in the plural in this sense."I never saw the heavens so dim by day." [Shak.]"When my eyes shall be turned to behold for the last time the sun in heaven." [D. Webster.]
  2. The dwelling place of the Deity; the abode of bliss; the place or state of the blessed after death."Unto the God of love, high heaven's King." [Spenser.]"It is a knell That summons thee to heaven or to hell." [Shak.]"New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven." [Keble.]
  3. The sovereign of heaven; God; also, the assembly of the blessed, collectively; -- used variously in this sense, as in No. 2.; as, heaven helps those who help themselves."Her prayers, whom Heaven delights to hear." [Shak.]"The will And high permission of all-ruling Heaven." [Milton.]
  4. Any place of supreme happiness or great comfort; perfect felicity; bliss; a sublime or exalted condition; as, a heaven of delight."A heavenof beauty."Shak."The brightest heavenof invention." [Shak.]"O bed! bed! delicious bed! That heaven upon earth to the weary head!" [Hood.]

Note: ☞ In this general sense heaven and its corresponding words in other languages have as various definite interpretations as there are phases of religious belief.

Note: Heaven is very often used, esp. with participles, in forming compound words, most of which need no special explanation; as, heaven-appeasing, heaven-aspiring, heaven-begot, heaven-born, heaven-bred, heaven-conducted, heaven-descended, heaven-directed, heaven-exalted, heaven-given, heaven-guided, heaven-inflicted, heaven-inspired, heaven-instructed, heaven-kissing, heaven-loved, heaven-moving, heaven-protected, heaven-taught, heaven-warring, and the like.

Etymology: OE. heven hefen heofen, AS. heofon; akin to OS. hevan, LG. heben heven, Icel. hifinn; of uncertain origin, cf. D. hemel, G. himmel, Icel. himmin, Goth. himins; perh. akin to, or influenced by, the root of E. heave, or from a root signifying to cover, cf. Goth. gahamōn to put on, clothe one's self, G. hemd shirt, and perh. E. chemise

verb Heav"en
To place in happiness or bliss, as if in heaven; to beatify.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The abode of God and the angels
  2. Any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
  1. (religion) The abode of God or the gods, when considered as a specific location; the abode of the blessed departed who reside in the presence of God or the gods
    , John Milton, Paradise Lost, I 263
    Better to reign in Hell, then serve in .
  2. (religion) Providence, the will of God or the gods, when considered as a personal entity or specific aspect of the divine; Fate
  3. (uncommon) Other extended senses of heaven as a specific place similar to the abode of God, the gods, or the blessed departed
  4. (obsolete) The sky, particularly its distant aspect as the abode of the sun, moon, and stars
  5. (uncommon) A patronymic surname​ derived from Evan
  6. (rare) A female given name of modern usage from the noun heaven.

Notable Persons Named Heaven

Heaven was born in 1982.


Heaven Palamitia is an athlete for the Rochester Ravens.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Heaven

Queen of Heaven is a saint. They hold the title Queen of Heaven, Great Lady, and Holy Queen.


They hold the title Litany of Loreto by Pope Sixtus V (1587):, Queen of Prophets, Queen of Apostles, Queen of Martyrs, Queen of Confessors, Queen of Virgins, Queen of the Patriarchs, Queen of the Angels, Queen assumed into Heaven, Queen of Peace, Queen of all Saints, Queen o.


Constance Fecher Heaven was a romance novel novelist. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1963 to 1995. Constance was given the name Constance Fecher on August 6th, 1911. Constance is also known as Fecher, Constance (pseudonym); Heaven, Constance (pseudonym); Merlin, and Christina (pseudonym). She breathed her last breath on August 6th, 1911.


Frank was born in 1873 in Edgbaston. Frank is also known as Heaven and W. Frank. He breathed his last breath on December 26th, 1905.


Lynda Heaven was a Tasmanian House of. Lynda was born on April 12th, 1902 in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia. She passed away on April 3rd, 1987.


Ray was born on October 8th, 1918 in Shoreham-by-Sea. He breathed his last breath in 2004.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1971 8 8 0
1972 5 5 0
1973 13 13 0
1974 35 35 0
1975 37 37 0
1976 44 44 0
1977 28 28 0
1978 27 27 0
1979 39 39 0
1980 35 35 0
1981 24 24 0
1982 19 19 0
1983 17 17 0
1984 24 24 0
1985 29 29 0
1986 85 85 0
1987 104 104 0
1988 131 131 0
1989 166 166 0
1990 230 230 0
1991 266 266 0
1992 259 259 0
1993 269 269 0
1994 357 357 0
1995 423 417 6
1996 389 389 0
1997 540 531 9
1998 814 808 6
1999 737 721 16
2000 917 903 14
2001 1,079 1,065 14
2002 1,150 1,134 16
2003 1,207 1,192 15
2004 1,224 1,210 14
2005 1,350 1,334 16
2006 1,365 1,344 21
2007 1,308 1,297 11
2008 1,257 1,244 13
2009 1,222 1,206 16
2010 1,009 990 19
2011 1,000 987 13
2012 1,010 995 15
2013 1,002 991 11
2014 1,006 994 12
2015 960 944 16
2016 1,014 997 17
2017 967 954 13

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Popularity of Heaven as a first name

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Popularity of Heaven as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Heaven U.S.
  White 49.12% 64.26%
  African American 42.72% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.28% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.08% 16.26%

Of Last Name Heaven

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

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Fun Facts about the name Heaven

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  • How Popular is the name Heaven? Heaven is the 1,510th most popular name of all time. As a last name Heaven was the 35,912th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Heaven have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 25,201 babies born with the first name Heaven in the United States. That's more than enough people named Heaven to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Heaven? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Heaven born? The highest recorded use of the first name Heaven was in 2006 with a total of 1,344 babies. That's a lot of babies named Heaven!
  • Random Heaven Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Heaven ranks 98th in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 12 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Heaven: Your name in reverse order is Nevaeh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vnaeeh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Heaven? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 625 people with the last name Heaven.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Heaven? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Heaven as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k 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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