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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Hoover

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hoover
a kind of vacuum cleaner.

Etymology: a trademark

verb hoover
to clean with a vacuum cleaner.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A kind of vacuum cleaner
  2. 31st President of the United States; in 1929 the stock market crashed and the economy collapsed and Hoover was defeated for reelection by Franklin Roosevelt (1874-1964)
  3. United States lawyer who was director of the FBI for 48 years (1895-1972)
  4. United States industrialist who manufactured vacuum cleaners (1849-1932)
  5. Clean with a vacuum cleaner
Wiktionary

The surname is an anglicization of German Huber or Low German Hufer, originally designating a landowner or a prosperous small-scale farmer. The common noun and verb are taken from the brand name of one of the first vacuum cleaners (see hoover).

  1. A vacuum cleaner of the Hoover brand, or irrespective of brand (alternative form of hoover).
  2. An American surname​ (shared by several famous people including J. Edgar Hoover and Herbert Hoover).

Notable Persons Named Hoover

They hold the title Hoover the talking seal. Hoover was born in 1971. They passed away on July 25th, 1985.

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Hoover was born on May 16th, 1978 in Campo Grande, MS.

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Hoover was born in 1928 in Hebron, Maryland. He passed away on March 7th, 2003.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hoover

Herbert Hoover was a 31st President of the United States, and 3rd United States Secretary of Commerce. Herbert was given the name Herbert Clark Hoover on August 10th, 1874 in West Branch, Iowa, U.S. He died on October 20th, 1964.

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J. Edgar Hoover was a 1st Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and 6th Director of the Bureau of Investigation. J. was given the name John Edgar Hoover on January 1st, 1895 in United States. He left this life on May 2nd, 1972.

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Larry Hoover is a criminal. Larry is also known as King Larry, King, Hoover The Great, and Prince Larry.

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Robert A. Hoover is a military person. His military service ended in 1948.

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Margaret was given the name Margaret Claire Hoover on December 11th, 1977. Margaret is also known as Hoover and Margaret Claire (full name).

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Lou Hoover was a First Lady of the United States. Lou was born on March 29th, 1874 in Waterloo, Iowa. She breathed her last breath on January 7th, 1944.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1913 5 0 5
1917 16 0 16
1918 21 0 21
1919 9 0 9
1920 12 0 12
1921 8 0 8
1922 7 0 7
1923 14 0 14
1924 8 0 8
1925 9 0 9
1926 19 0 19
1927 41 0 41
1928 255 0 255
1929 212 7 205
1930 92 0 92
1931 49 0 49
1932 64 0 64
1933 24 0 24
1934 12 0 12
1935 12 0 12
1936 9 0 9
1937 8 0 8
1940 6 0 6
1941 5 0 5
1942 5 0 5
1949 8 0 8
1950 9 0 9
1951 11 0 11
1952 6 0 6
1953 10 0 10
1954 12 0 12
1955 19 0 19
1956 15 0 15
1957 11 0 11
1958 17 0 17
1959 13 0 13
1960 9 0 9
1961 7 0 7
1962 5 0 5
1963 5 0 5
1964 5 0 5
1965 5 0 5
1968 8 0 8
1970 5 0 5
1982 5 0 5
1987 6 0 6
1988 8 0 8

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Popularity of Hoover as a first name

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Popularity of Hoover as a last name

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Common last names for Hoover

  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hoover U.S.
  White 92.03% 64.26%
  African American 3.37% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.87% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hoover

People with the last name Hoover are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Hoover

  • How Popular is the name Hoover? Hoover is the 9,833rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Hoover was the 580th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hoover have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,121 babies born with the first name Hoover in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hoover to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hoover? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Hoover first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hoover is Monday, July 24th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Hoover born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hoover was in 1928 with a total of 255 babies.
  • Random Hoover Factoid: According to the 1930 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hoover is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1930.
  • Weird things about the name Hoover: Your name in reverse order is Revooh. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ooervh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hoover? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 57,497 people with the last name Hoover.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hoover? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 19 of them will have Hoover as their last name.

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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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