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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Honey

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hon"ey
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  1. A sweet viscid fluid, esp. that collected by bees from flowers of plants, and deposited in the cells of the honeycomb.
  2. That which is sweet or pleasant, like honey."The honey of his language." [Shak.]
  3. Sweet one; -- a term of endearment." Honey, you shall be well desired in Cyprus." [Shak.]

Note: Honey is often used adjectively or as the first part of compound; as, honeydew or honey dew; honey guide or honeyguide; honey locust or honey-locust.

Etymology: OE. honi huni, AS. hunig; akin to OS. honeg, D. & G. honig, OHG. honag honang, Icel. hunang, Sw. håning, Dan. honning, cf. Gr. ko`nis dust, Skr. kaṇa grain

verb Hon"ey
To be gentle, agreeable, or coaxing; to talk fondly; to use endearments; also, to be or become obsequiously courteous or complimentary; to fawn.
verb Hon"ey
To make agreeable; to cover or sweeten with, or as with, honey.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A sweet yellow liquid produced by bees
  2. A beloved person; used as terms of endearment
  3. Sweeten with honey
  4. Of something having the color of honey
Wiktionary

From Middle English hony, honi, from Old English huniġ, from Proto-Germanic *hunagą (compare West Frisian hunich, German Honig), from earlier *hunangą (compare Swedish honung), from pre-Germanic *kn̥h₂onkós, from Proto-Indo-European *kn̥h₂ónks (gen. *kn̥h₂kós) (compare Middle Welsh canecon (“gold”), Latin (pl.) canicae (“bran”), Tocharian B kronkśe (“bee”), Albanian qengjë (“beehive”), Ancient Greek κνηκός (knēkós, “pale yellow”)), Kurdish şan (“beehive”).

  1. (uncountable) A viscous, sweet fluid produced from plant nectar by bees. Often used to sweeten tea or to spread on baked goods.
  2. (countable) A variety of this substance.
  3. (figuratively) Something sweet or desirable.
  4. A term of affection.
    , would you take out the trash?
    , I'm home.
  5. (countable, informal) A woman, especially an attractive one.
    Man, there are some fine here tonight!
  6. A spectrum of pale yellow to brownish-yellow colour, like that of most types of (the sweet substance) honey.

Notable Persons Named Honey

Honey Singh is a desi hip hop, punjabi language, bhangra (music), rhythm, and blues rapper, singer, music producer, actor, and rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 2006. Honey was given the name Hirdesh Singh on March 15th, 1983 in Hoshiarpur. Honey is also known as Honey Singh and Yo Yo Honey Singh.

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Honey Irani is an actress and screenwriter. Honey was born on January 17th, 1950 in Lucknow.

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Honey Cocaine is a hip hop music and trap music rapping and songwriter. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2011 to present. Honey was given the name Sochitta Sal on October 22nd, 1992 in Toronto.

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Honey Rider is a fictional character.

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Honey Rose is an actress. She was most prominent from 2005 to present. Honey was given the name Honey Rose Varghese in 1991 in Moolamattom, Kerala. Honey is also known as Dhwani, Hamsini, and Ponnu.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Honey

Jesse was born in 1977.

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Samuel Lewis Honey is a military person. His military service ended in 1918.

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Gary Honey is an athlete. Gary was born on July 26th, 1959.

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Issac Honey is a soccer player for the Air Force Central F.C., BEC Tero Sasana F.C., Samut Songkhram R-Airlines F.C., and Ghana national under-23 football team. Issac was born on June 6th, 1993 in Ghana.

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Lady was given the name Kevin Clover Welsh in Totowa, New Jersey. Lady is also known as Welsh and Kevin Clover (real name).

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1912 8 8 0
1913 7 7 0
1914 6 6 0
1915 10 10 0
1917 12 12 0
1918 14 14 0
1919 13 13 0
1920 8 8 0
1921 8 8 0
1922 10 10 0
1923 10 10 0
1924 11 11 0
1925 7 7 0
1926 21 21 0
1927 27 27 0
1928 17 17 0
1929 15 15 0
1930 21 21 0
1931 15 15 0
1932 19 19 0
1933 9 9 0
1934 15 15 0
1935 19 19 0
1936 15 15 0
1937 17 17 0
1938 15 15 0
1939 20 20 0
1940 16 16 0
1941 23 23 0
1942 23 23 0
1943 27 27 0
1944 24 24 0
1945 16 16 0
1946 44 44 0
1947 30 30 0
1948 17 17 0
1949 26 26 0
1950 27 27 0
1951 13 13 0
1952 30 30 0
1953 19 19 0
1954 32 32 0
1955 28 28 0
1956 20 20 0
1957 12 12 0
1958 13 13 0
1959 26 26 0
1960 14 14 0
1961 18 18 0
1962 19 19 0
1963 20 20 0
1964 35 35 0
1965 21 21 0
1966 39 39 0
1967 19 19 0
1968 48 48 0
1969 76 76 0
1970 57 57 0
1971 73 73 0
1972 53 53 0
1973 65 65 0
1974 79 79 0
1975 71 71 0
1976 65 65 0
1977 76 76 0
1978 53 53 0
1979 70 70 0
1980 67 67 0
1981 45 45 0
1982 41 41 0
1983 35 35 0
1984 26 26 0
1985 26 26 0
1986 26 26 0
1987 18 18 0
1988 13 13 0
1989 23 23 0
1990 18 18 0
1991 9 9 0
1992 15 15 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 12 12 0
1995 15 15 0
1996 18 18 0
1997 22 22 0
1998 16 16 0
1999 18 18 0
2000 23 23 0
2001 23 23 0
2002 24 24 0
2003 25 25 0
2004 77 77 0
2005 109 109 0
2006 93 93 0
2007 101 101 0
2008 90 90 0
2009 81 81 0
2010 82 82 0
2011 58 58 0
2012 73 73 0
2013 59 59 0
2014 48 48 0
2015 49 49 0
2016 51 51 0
2017 40 40 0

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Popularity of Honey as a first name

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Popularity of Honey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Honey U.S.
  White 86.32% 64.26%
  African American 7.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.26% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Honey

People with the last name Honey are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Honey

  • How Popular is the name Honey? Honey is the 4,850th most popular name of all time. As a last name Honey was the 10,897th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Honey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,383 babies born with the first name Honey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Honey to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Honey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Honey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Honey is Monday, September 26th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Honey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Honey was in 2005 with a total of 109 babies.
  • Random Honey Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Honey is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 18 babies in California have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Honey: Your name in reverse order is Yenoh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nhoey. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Honey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,923 people with the last name Honey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Honey? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Honey as their last name since less than 1 person in 101k 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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