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What does the name Journey mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Journey

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  • A submission from Florida, United States says the name Journey means "An adventure, a voyage, a trip or quest to a destination".
  • A submission from Illinois, United States says the name Journey means "To be sweet".
  • According to a user from Maryland, United States, the name Journey is of Arabic origin and means "The spiritual mean in the Bible".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jour"ney
  1. The travel or work of a day.(Obs)"We have yet large day, for scarce the sun Hath finished half his journey." [Milton.]
  2. Travel or passage from one place to another, especially one covering a large distance or taking a long time."The good man . . . is gone a long journey." [Prov. vii. 19.]
  3. Hence:(figurative)A passage through life, or a passage through any significant experience, or from one state to another." We must all have the same journey's end." [Bp. Stillingfleet.]
  4. The distance that is traveled in a journey{2}, or the time taken to complete a journey{2}; as, it's a two-day journey from the oasis into Cairo by camel; from Mecca to Samarkand is quite a journey .
    synonyms: Tour; excursion; trip; expedition; pilgrimage; jaunt.

Usage: Journey Tour Excursion Pilgrimage. The word journey suggests the idea of a somewhat prolonged traveling for a specific object, leading a person to pass directly from one point to another. In a tour, we take a roundabout course from place to place, more commonly for pleasure, though sometimes on business. An excursion is usually a brief tour or trip for pleasure, health, etc. In a pilgrimage we travel to a place hallowed by our religions affections, or by some train of sacred or tender associations. A journey on important business; the tour of Europe; an excursion to the lakes; a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Etymology: OE. jornee journee, prop., a day's journey, OF. jornée jurnée, a day, a day's work of journey, F. journée, fr. OF. jorn jurn jor a day, F. jour, fr. L. diurnus. See Journal

verb Jour"ney
To travel from place to place; to go from home to a distance.
verb Jour"ney
To traverse; to travel over or through.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of traveling from one place to another
  2. Undertake a journey or trip
  3. Travel upon or across

From Middle English iorney, from Old French jornee, from Medieval Latin diurnata (“a day's work, a day's journey, a fixed day, a day”), from Latin diurnus (“daily”), from diēs (“day”). Displaced native reys.

  1. A set amount of travelling, seen as a single unit; a discrete trip, a voyage.
  2. (obsolete) A day.
  3. (obsolete) A day's travelling; the distance travelled in a day.
  4. (obsolete) A day's work.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Journey

Dark Journey is a wrestler.


Anna was born in 1980.


William was born on July 19th, 1915 in Calhoun, Missouri. He died in 2002.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1981 7 7 0
1983 11 5 6
1984 13 7 6
1985 7 0 7
1986 12 12 0
1987 15 10 5
1988 13 13 0
1989 8 8 0
1990 15 9 6
1991 16 16 0
1992 21 13 8
1993 14 14 0
1994 34 27 7
1995 56 43 13
1996 93 62 31
1997 70 59 11
1998 129 106 23
1999 249 217 32
2000 195 168 27
2001 270 235 35
2002 267 239 28
2003 296 264 32
2004 288 259 29
2005 380 341 39
2006 351 331 20
2007 465 422 43
2008 587 524 63
2009 658 612 46
2010 822 750 72
2011 926 866 60
2012 1,040 957 83
2013 1,019 954 65
2014 1,196 1,120 76
2015 1,219 1,151 68
2016 1,302 1,202 100
2017 1,257 1,148 109
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

Where is the name Journey popular?

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Popularity of Journey as a first name

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Popularity of Journey as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Journey U.S.
  White 69.39% 64.26%
  African American 22.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.92% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.39% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Journey

People with the last name Journey are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Journey

  • What name lists does Journey rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Journey? Journey is the 2,134th most popular name of all time. As a last name Journey was the 18,198th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Journey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13,321 babies born with the first name Journey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Journey to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Journey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Journey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Journey is Saturday, September 1st, 1883.
  • What year had the most people named Journey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Journey was in 2016 with a total of 1,202 babies. That's a lot of babies named Journey!
  • Random Journey Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Journey ranks 65th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 14 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Journey: Your name in reverse order is Yenruoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yjuoner. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Journey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,529 people with the last name Journey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Journey? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Journey as their last name since less than 1 person in 192k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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