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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective and adverb In*cog"ni*to
Without being known; in disguise; in an assumed character, or under an assumed title; -- said esp. of great personages who sometimes adopt a disguise or an assumed character in order to avoid notice.

Etymology: It. incognito, masc., incognita, fem., L. incognitus unknown; pref. in- not + cognitus known, p. p. of cognoscere: cf. F. incognito, fr. It. See Cognition

noun In*cog"ni*to
  1. One unknown or in disguise, or under an assumed character or name.
  2. The assumption of disguise or of a feigned character; the state of being in disguise or not recognized."His incognito was endangered." [Sir W. Scott.]

Etymology: See Incognito (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. With your identity concealed
  2. Without revealing one's identity ("in Holland he lived incognito as a carpenter in the shipyards of the East India company")

Borrowing from Italian incognito, from Latin incognitus (“unknown”), from in- (“not”) + cognitus (“known”), perfect passive participle of cognoscere.

  1. One unknown or in disguise, or under an assumed character or name.
  2. The assumption of disguise or of a feigned character; the state of being in disguise or not recognized.

incognito was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, and Latin

Notable Persons With the Last Name Incognito

Richie Incognito is a football player. Richie was born on July 5th, 1983 in Englewood, New Jersey.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Incognito U.S.
  White 78.07% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 13.16% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 4.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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Fun Facts about the name Incognito

  • How Popular is the name Incognito? As a last name Incognito was the 145,220th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Incognito? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Incognito was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
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  • How many people have the last name Incognito? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 114 people with the last name Incognito.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Incognito? Incognito is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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