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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Kanye

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  • A submission from Texas, United States says the name Kanye means "Man of Valour" and is of African,Dutch origin.
  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Kanye is of African origin and means "Kanye means "once" in Zulu".
Other origins: English

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Notable Persons Named Kanye

Kanye West is a rapping, singing, songwriter, record producer, fashion design, rapper, singer, and designer. He has had major accomplishments since 1996. Kanye was given the name Kanye Omari West on June 8th, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, US.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
2002 5 0 5
2003 87 0 87
2004 527 19 508
2005 207 5 202
2006 101 0 101
2007 53 0 53
2008 81 0 81
2009 64 0 64
2010 30 0 30
2011 35 0 35
2012 34 0 34
2013 40 0 40
2014 22 0 22
2015 27 0 27
2016 17 0 17
2017 13 0 13

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Popularity of Kanye as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Kanye

  • How Popular is the name Kanye? Kanye is the 8,756th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Kanye have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,343 babies born with the first name Kanye in the United States. That's more than enough people named Kanye to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Kanye? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2002 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Kanye first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Kanye is Friday, September 26th, 1980.
  • What year had the most people named Kanye born? The highest recorded use of the first name Kanye was in 2004 with a total of 508 babies.
  • Random Kanye Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Kanye is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 11 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Kanye: Your name in reverse order is Eynak. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yekan. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Kanye born Sep 21, 1946

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern China approximately on 1600. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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