Junior

First Name
40k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Junior mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Junior

"Junior" is a name of English origin, and it means "The Young, Child". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Jun"ior
Senses
  1. Less advanced in age than another; younger. Abbreviated Jr.
  2. Lower in standing or in rank, or having entered later into a position or office; as, a junior partner; junior counsel; junior captain; the junior Senator from New York.
  3. Composed of juniors, whether younger or a lower standing; as, the junior class; the junior baseball league; of or pertaining to juniors or to a junior class. See Junior (n.), 2.
  4. Belonging to a younger person, or an earlier time of life."Our first studies and junior endeavors." [Sir T. Browne.]
  5. of or relating to the third year of a four-year term; -- used of the third or next to final year in a U. S. high school or college. See junior2}, (n.).
    synonyms: third-year.

Note: Junior is applied to distinguish the younger of two persons bearing the same name in the same family, and is opposed to senior or elder. Commonly applied to a son who has the same Christian name as his father.

Etymology: L. contr. fr. juvenior, compar. of juvenis young. See Juvenile

noun Jun"ior
Senses
  1. A younger person."His junior she, by thirty years." [Byron.]
  2. Hence:One of a lower or later standing; specifically, in American colleges and four-year high schools, one in the third year of his course, one in the fourth or final year being designated a senior; in some seminaries, one in the first year, in others, one in the second year, of a three years' course.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The younger of two persons ("she is two years my junior")
  2. A third-year undergraduate
  3. A son who has the same first name as his father
  4. Term of address for a disrespectful and annoying male ("look here, junior, it's none of your business")
  5. Used of the third or next to final year in United States high school or college ("the junior class")
  6. Including or intended for youthful persons ("a junior sports league" and "junior fashions")
  7. Younger; lower in rank; shorter in length of tenure or service
Wiktionary
  1. A town in West Virginia.
  2. A male given name.

Junior was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Junior

Junior was born on January 30th, 1984 in Caçador, Brazil.

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Junior Seau was an american football player. Junior was born on January 19th, 1969 in San Diego. He left this life on May 2nd, 2012.

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Junior Hoilett is a soccer player for the Queens Park Rangers F.C., Blackburn Rovers F.C., SC Paderborn 07, FC St. Pauli, and Canada men's national soccer team. Junior was born on June 5th, 1990 in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Junior is also known as Hoilett and David Wayne.

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Junior Soprano is a fictional character. Junior is also known as Junior" and "Uncle June".

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Júnior Moraes is a soccer player for the FC Dynamo Kyiv, Santos FC, Associação Atlética Ponte Preta, Esporte Clube Santo André, AF Gloria Bistrița, FC Metalurh Donetsk, and PFC CSKA Sofia. Júnior was born on April 4th, 1987 in Santos, São Paulo.

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Junior Stanislas is a soccer player for the A.F.C. Bournemouth, West Ham United F.C., Southend United F.C., Burnley F.C., England national under-20 football team, and England national under-21 football team. Junior was born on November 26th, 1989 in Kidbrooke, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Junior

Caio Júnior is a soccer player for the Al Shabab (Dubai), Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Cascavel Clube Recreativo, Vitória S.C., C.F. Estrela da Amadora, Sport Club Internacional, C.F. Os Belenenses, Esporte Clube Novo Hamburgo, Paraná Clube, Esporte Clube XV de Novembro (Piracicaba), and Paul. Caio was born on March 8th, 1965 in Cascavel.

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Mark Boone Junior is an actor. His career lasted from 1983 to 1983. Mark was given the name Mark Heidrich on March 17th, 1955 in Cincinnati.

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Antônio was born on March 16th, 1990 in João Pessoa.

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Luiz Júnior is a soccer player for the Lekhwiya SC, Uniclinic Atlético Clube, and Qatar national football team. Luiz was born on January 13th, 1989 in Jaguaruana.

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Paulo Jr. is a groove metal, thrash metal, death metal, and alternative metal musician and songwriter. He plays Bass guitar and Percussion instrument. He was most prominent from 1985 to 1985. Paulo was given the name Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior on April 30th, 1969 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Paulo is also known as Paulo Destructor.

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Roque Júnior is a soccer player for the São José Esporte Clube, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras, A.C. Milan, Leeds United F.C., S.S. Robur Siena, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, MSV Duisburg, Al-Rayan SC, Ituano FC, and Brazil national football team. Roque was born on August 31st, 1976 in Santa Rita do Sapucaí, Brazil.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 9 0 9
1885 7 0 7
1888 7 0 7
1892 11 0 11
1893 7 0 7
1895 6 0 6
1896 11 0 11
1897 8 0 8
1898 7 0 7
1899 9 0 9
1900 15 0 15
1901 13 0 13
1902 14 0 14
1903 9 0 9
1904 12 0 12
1905 18 0 18
1906 18 0 18
1907 16 0 16
1908 27 0 27
1909 20 0 20
1910 36 0 36
1911 33 0 33
1912 56 0 56
1913 67 0 67
1914 96 0 96
1915 148 0 148
1916 199 0 199
1917 268 0 268
1918 389 0 389
1919 508 0 508
1920 708 9 699
1921 877 0 877
1922 1,036 12 1,024
1923 1,184 12 1,172
1924 1,508 13 1,495
1925 1,559 13 1,546
1926 1,604 14 1,590
1927 1,606 19 1,587
1928 1,510 17 1,493
1929 1,459 14 1,445
1930 1,330 7 1,323
1931 1,081 12 1,069
1932 1,131 15 1,116
1933 820 0 820
1934 821 7 814
1935 683 5 678
1936 646 8 638
1937 562 0 562
1938 523 7 516
1939 465 0 465
1940 435 6 429
1941 398 0 398
1942 416 0 416
1943 415 0 415
1944 393 0 393
1945 401 0 401
1946 351 0 351
1947 388 0 388
1948 328 0 328
1949 284 0 284
1950 274 0 274
1951 269 0 269
1952 254 0 254
1953 226 0 226
1954 264 0 264
1955 229 0 229
1956 230 0 230
1957 243 0 243
1958 202 0 202
1959 183 0 183
1960 203 0 203
1961 193 0 193
1962 177 0 177
1963 158 0 158
1964 173 0 173
1965 149 0 149
1966 135 0 135
1967 110 0 110
1968 102 0 102
1969 135 0 135
1970 103 0 103
1971 114 0 114
1972 84 0 84
1973 100 0 100
1974 86 0 86
1975 81 0 81
1976 103 0 103
1977 101 0 101
1978 83 0 83
1979 91 0 91
1980 119 0 119
1981 107 0 107
1982 131 0 131
1983 107 0 107
1984 101 0 101
1985 111 0 111
1986 114 0 114
1987 135 0 135
1988 143 0 143
1989 140 0 140
1990 152 0 152
1991 158 0 158
1992 179 0 179
1993 169 0 169
1994 182 0 182
1995 229 5 224
1996 209 0 209
1997 213 0 213
1998 213 0 213
1999 206 0 206
2000 265 0 265
2001 269 0 269
2002 311 0 311
2003 310 0 310
2004 316 0 316
2005 369 0 369
2006 378 0 378
2007 401 0 401
2008 381 0 381
2009 333 0 333
2010 291 0 291
2011 283 0 283
2012 270 0 270
2013 293 0 293
2014 276 0 276
2015 270 0 270
2016 284 0 284

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Popularity of Junior as a first name

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Popularity of Junior as a last name

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Common last names for Junior

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Harris
  • Lewis
  • Collins

Common first names for Junior

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Junior U.S.
  White 33.04% 64.26%
  African American 54.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.21% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.69% 16.26%

Of Last Name Junior

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

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Fun Facts about the name Junior

  • How Popular is the name Junior? Junior is the 1,134th most popular name of all time. As a last name Junior was the 14,038th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Junior have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 40,239 babies born with the first name Junior in the United States. That's more than enough people named Junior to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Junior? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Junior first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Junior is Tuesday, December 21st, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Junior born? The highest recorded use of the first name Junior was in 1926 with a total of 1,590 babies. That's a lot of babies named Junior!
  • Random Junior Factoid: According to the 1934 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Junior ranks 100th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 48 babies in Oklahoma have the same name as you in 1934.
  • Weird things about the name Junior: Your name in reverse order is Roinuj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ijourn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Junior? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,146 people with the last name Junior.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Junior? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Junior as their last name since less than 1 person in 137k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • 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.