Iran

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2k
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since 1880
Last Name
148
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Iran

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  • A user from Iran says the name Iran is of Persian or Iranian origin and means "Country/Freedom".
  • According to a user from Arizona, United States, the name Iran is of Unknown origin and means "Tierra; earth".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun I`ran"
The native name of Persia, the name adopted by the modern nation of Iran.

Etymology: Mod. Persian Irān. Cf. Aryan

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A theocratic Islamic republic in the Middle East in western Asia; Iran was the core of the ancient empire that was known as Persia until 1935; rich in oil
Wiktionary

From Persian ایران (irān), from Middle Persian 𐭠𐭩𐭥𐭠𐭭 (ērān, “(land) of the Iranians”). See ērān for word formation, further etymology and cognates.

The name of the political entity is a 3rd-century development that derives from the indigenous ethno-linguistic name of the Iranian peoples, i.e. the great variety of Iranian tribes that spoke an Iranian language.

  1. (common) a country in the Middle East. Its capital is Tehran. Present-day official name: Islamic Republic of Iran.
  2. (literary, technical) regions inhabited by Iranian peoples, i.e. (A) Western Iranian languages/peoples – Parthian(s) proper, Persiann(s) proper, Mede(s), Kurd(s), etc. – of the present-day country, and (B) the Eastern Iranian languages/peoples – Bactrian(s), Chorasmian(s), Khotanese, Sogdian(s), Baluchi(s), Pashtun(s) etc. – of Central Asia, or Ossetian(s) etc. of the Caucasus.

Iran was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Breton, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Faroese, Finnish, French, German, Indonesian, Interlingua, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and Tagalog

Notable Persons Named Iran

Iran Barkley is a boxer. Iran was born on May 6th, 1960.

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Irán Castillo is an actress and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Irán was given the name Irán Castillo Pinzón on January 4th, 1977 in Veracruz, Mexico.

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Irán Eory was an actress and former model. She was most prominent from 1954 to 2002. Irán was given the name Elvira Teresa Eory Sidi on October 21st, 1937 in Tehran. She left this life on March 10th, 2002.

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Iran Darroudi is an artist. Iran was born on September 2nd, 1936 in Mashhad, Iran.

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Iran was born as the child of Abdolhossein Teymourtash in 1914. She left this life in 1991.

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Iran was born in 1963.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Iran

Iran is a soccer player for the Campinense Clube, Mixto Esporte Clube, Rio Claro Futebol Clube, Atlético Clube Paranavaí, Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, Botafogo de Futebol e Regatas, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, and Associação Desportiva São Caetano. Iran was born on June 14th, 1979 in Boa Esperança, Minas Gerais.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1921 5 0 5
1922 8 0 8
1923 5 0 5
1927 8 0 8
1938 5 0 5
1940 8 0 8
1941 7 0 7
1945 6 0 6
1946 5 0 5
1948 5 0 5
1950 8 0 8
1951 8 0 8
1953 5 0 5
1954 9 0 9
1956 11 0 11
1957 15 0 15
1958 7 0 7
1959 19 0 19
1960 11 0 11
1961 11 0 11
1962 24 5 19
1963 16 0 16
1964 18 0 18
1965 23 0 23
1966 9 0 9
1967 15 0 15
1968 14 0 14
1969 23 0 23
1970 28 5 23
1971 20 0 20
1972 30 0 30
1973 25 7 18
1974 33 8 25
1975 39 11 28
1976 36 10 26
1977 40 11 29
1978 42 6 36
1979 37 13 24
1980 23 5 18
1981 16 0 16
1982 23 0 23
1983 15 0 15
1984 14 0 14
1985 11 0 11
1986 17 0 17
1987 23 0 23
1988 21 0 21
1989 23 0 23
1990 17 0 17
1991 14 0 14
1992 28 0 28
1993 13 0 13
1994 26 5 21
1995 36 14 22
1996 48 20 28
1997 30 11 19
1998 42 18 24
1999 34 12 22
2000 71 42 29
2001 70 37 33
2002 40 19 21
2003 54 27 27
2004 44 23 21
2005 40 16 24
2006 38 17 21
2007 44 23 21
2008 26 11 15
2009 27 11 16
2010 29 10 19
2011 17 6 11
2012 10 0 10
2013 11 0 11
2014 18 6 12
2015 18 7 11
2016 12 0 12
2017 13 0 13

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Popularity of Iran as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Iran U.S.
  White 14.19% 64.26%
  African American 3.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 65.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 14.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Iran

People with the last name Iran are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Iran

  • How Popular is the name Iran? Iran is the 7,538th most popular name of all time. As a last name Iran was the 117,480th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Iran have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,694 babies born with the first name Iran in the United States. That's more than enough people named Iran to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Iran? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1921 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Iran first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Iran is Friday, December 26th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Iran born? The highest recorded use of the first name Iran was in 2000 with a total of 42 babies.
  • Random Iran Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Iran is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Iran: Your name in reverse order is Nari. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nrai. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Iran? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 148 people with the last name Iran.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Iran? Iran 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).
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.