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since 1880
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in 2010
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verb Is
The third person singular of the substantive verb be, in the indicative mood, present tense; as, he is; he is a man. See Be.

Note: ☞ In some varieties of the Northern dialect of Old English, is was used for all persons of the singular.

Note: ☞ The idiom of using the present for future events sure to happen is a relic of Old English in which the present and future had the same form; as, this year Christmas is on Friday.

Etymology: AS. is; akin to G. & Goth. ist, L. est, Gr. �, Skr. asti. √9. Cf. Am Entity Essence Absent


From Middle English is, from Old English is, from Proto-Germanic *isti (a form of Proto-Germanic *wesaną (“to be”)), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁ésti (“is”). Cognate with West Frisian is (“is”), Dutch is (“is”), German ist (“is”), Old Swedish is (“is”). The paradigm of "to be" has been since the time of Proto-Germanic a synthesis of four originally distinct verb stems. The infinitive form "to be" is from *bʰuH- (“to become”). The forms is and am are derived from *h₁es- (“to be”) whereas the form are comes from *iraną (“to rise, be quick, become active”). Lastly, the past forms starting with "w-" such as was and were are from *h₂wes- (“to dwell; reside”).

i +‎ -s.

  1. plural of i
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    is was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Bagusa, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Gothic, Hungarian, Irish, Kwerba, Latin, Middle Dutch, Navajo, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old English, Old High German, Old Irish, Old Saxon, Portuguese, Scots, Scottish Gaelic, Swedish, Tok Pisin, Turkish, and Volapük

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Is

    NIKO IS is a hip hop music musician. They were most prominent from 2010 to present. NIKO was given the name Nikolai Pavia on June 10th, 1988 in Rio de Janeiro.


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    Fun Facts about the name Is

    • When was the first name Is first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Is is Tuesday, March 24th, 1891.
    • How unique is the name Is? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Is. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Is: Your name in reverse order is Si. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Is. How do you pronounce that?

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    Past life for Is born Jun 21, 1950

    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 Northern Canada approximately on 1675. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

    Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. Your problem - to learn determination and persistency. Every misfortune should crash upon your strong will.

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    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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