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adverb Hence
  1. From this place; away."Or that we hencewend." [Chaucer.]"Arise, let us go hence." [John xiv. 31.]"I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles." [Acts xxii. 21.]
  2. From this time; in the future; as, a week hence ."Half an hour hence." [Shak.]
  3. From this reason; therefore; -- as an inference or deduction." Hence, perhaps, it is, that Solomon calls the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom." [Tillotson.]
  4. From this source or origin."All other faces borrowed hence Their light and grace." [Suckling.]"Whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts?" [James. iv. 1.]"An ancient author prophesied from hence." [Dryden.]"Expelled from hence into a world Of woe and sorrow." [Milton.]

Note: Hence is used, elliptically and imperatively, for go hence; depart hence; away; be gone. “ Hence with your little ones.” Shak. From hence, though a pleonasm, is fully authorized by the usage of good writers.

Etymology: OE. hennes hensthe s is prop. a genitive ending; cf. -wards), also hen henne hennen heonnen heonene, AS. heonan heonon heona hine; akin to OHG. hinnān, G. hinnen, OHG. hina, G. hin; all from the root of E. he. See He

verb Hence
To send away.
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  1. (used to introduce a logical conclusion) from that fact or reason or as a result ("the eggs were fresh and hence satisfactory" and "we were young and thence optimistic")
  2. From this time ("a year hence it will be forgotten")
  3. From this place ("get thee hence!")

A later Middle English spelling, retaining the breathy -s, of hennes, (henne + adverbial genitive ending -s), from Old English heonan (“away", "hence”), from a West Germanic root *hin- (compare Old Saxon hinan, Old High German hinnan, German hinnen, Dutch heen, Swedish hän); related to Old English her (“here”).

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hence U.S.
  White 30.04% 64.26%
  African American 65.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.69% 16.26%

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

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Fun Facts about the name Hence

  • How Popular is the name Hence? Hence is the 42,909th most popular name of all time. As a last name Hence was the 32,438th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hence have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 66 babies born with the first name Hence in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hence? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Hence first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hence is Thursday, June 7th, 1877.
  • What year had the most people named Hence born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hence was in 1925 with a total of 7 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Hence: Your name in reverse order is Ecneh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hceen. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hence? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 709 people with the last name Hence.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hence? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Hence as their last name since less than 1 person in 417k 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.