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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
conjunction If
  1. In case that; granting, allowing, or supposing that; -- introducing a condition or supposition."Tisiphone, that oft hast heard my prayer, Assist, if Ĺ’dipus deserve thy care." [Pope.]" If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread." [Matt. iv. 3.]
  2. Whether; -- in dependent questions."Uncertain if by augury or chance." [Dryden.]"She doubts if two and two make four." [Prior.]

Etymology: OE. if gif, AS. gif; akin to OFries. ief gef ef, OS. ef of, D. of, or, whether, if, G. ob whether, if, OHG. oba ibu, Icel. ef, Goth. iba ibai, an interrogative particle; properly a case form of a noun meaning, doubt (cf. OHG. iba doubt, condition, Icel. if ef ifi efi), and therefore orig. meaning, on condition that


From Middle English yif, yef, from Old English ġif, ġef (“if; whether, though”), from Proto-Germanic *jabai (“when, if”). Cognate with Scots gif (“if, whether”), Saterland Frisian af, of (“if, whether”), West Frisian oft (“whether”), Dutch of (“or, whether, but”), Middle Low German ef, if, af, of ("if; whether"; > German Low German of), German ob (“if, whether”), Icelandic ef, if (“if”).

  1. (informal) An uncertainty, possibility, condition, doubt etc.

if was also found in the following language(s): French, Norman, Old French, and Volapük

Fun Facts about the name If

  • When was the first name If first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name If is Monday, June 5th, 1905.
  • How unique is the name If? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name If. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name If: Your name in reverse order is Fi. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fi. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for If born Oct 17, 2004

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of USA South-Central approximately on 650. Your profession was warrior, hunter, fisherman, and executor of sacrifices.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop self-love and ability to implant hope into hearts of people. Ambition - is not everything. True wealth is buried in your soul.

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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)
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