Lake

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lake
A pigment formed by combining some coloring matter, usually by precipitation, with a metallic oxide or earth, esp. with aluminium hydrate; as, madder lake; Florentine lake; yellow lake, etc.

Etymology: F. laque, fr. Per. See Lac

noun Lake
A kind of fine white linen, formerly in use.

Etymology: Cf. G. laken

verb Lake
To play; to sport.

Etymology: AS. lācan læcan, to spring, jump, lāc play, sport, or fr. Icel. leika to play, sport; both akin to Goth. laikan to dance. √120. Cf. Knowledge

noun Lake
A large body of water contained in a depression of the earth's surface, and supplied from the drainage of a more or less extended area.

Note: ☞ Lakes are for the most part of fresh water; the salt lakes, like the Great Salt Lake of Utah, have usually no outlet to the ocean.

Etymology: AS. lac, L. lacus; akin to AS. lagu lake, sea, Icel. lögr; OIr. loch; cf. Gr. la`kkos pond, tank. Cf. Loch Lough

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A body of (usually fresh) water surrounded by land
  2. Any of numerous bright translucent organic pigments
  3. A purplish red pigment prepared from lac or cochineal
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
  2. A large village on the Isle of Wight, England
  3. A town in Mississippi
  4. One of two towns in Wisconsin

Lake was also found in the following language(s): German and German Low German

Notable Persons Named Lake

Lake Bell is an actress, director, and screenwriter. Her ongoing career started in 2001. Lake was given the name Lake Siegel Bell on March 24th, 1979 in New York City.

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Lake Speed is a nascar driver.

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Lake was born on October 4th, 1956 in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Lake Dawson is a football player for the Kansas City Chiefs. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to 1997. Lake was born on January 2nd, 1972 in Boston.

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Lake was born in 1956.

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Lake was born on April 6th, 1898. He left this life in 1980.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Lake

Greg Lake is a progressive rock musician. He plays Alembic Inc, Wal (bass), Fender Jazz Bass, and Gibson Ripper. He has been prominent since 1966. Greg was given the name Gregory Stuart Lake on November 10th, 1947 in Poole, Dorset, England.

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Veronica Lake was an actress. Her career lasted from 1939 to 1954. Veronica was given the name Constance Frances Marie Ockelman on November 14th, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. Veronica is also known as Constance Keane and Connie Keane. She left this life on July 7th, 1973.

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Ricki Lake is an actress, television host, producer, and television producer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Ricki was given the name Ricki Pamela Lake on September 21st, 1968 in , New York, U.S.

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Ann Sothern was an actress and singer. She was most active from 1927 to 1927. Ann was given the name Harriette Arlene Lake on January 22nd, 1909 in Valley City, North Dakota, U.S. Ann is also known as Harriet Byron and Harriet Lake. She passed away on March 15th, 2001.

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Leonard Lake is a criminal. Leonard is also known as Leonard J. Hill, Alan Drey, Randy Jacobsen, Robin Stapley, Leonard Hill, Charles Gunnar, and Paul Cosner.

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Don Lake is a writer, actor, and director. Don was born on November 26th, 1956 in Toronto.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1891 5 0 5
1892 6 0 6
1893 5 5 0
1897 5 5 0
1899 10 5 5
1902 6 6 0
1905 5 5 0
1906 5 5 0
1910 5 0 5
1911 7 0 7
1912 7 0 7
1914 15 6 9
1915 20 8 12
1916 30 14 16
1917 24 8 16
1918 24 7 17
1919 32 10 22
1920 34 5 29
1921 27 12 15
1922 22 8 14
1923 22 7 15
1924 10 0 10
1925 12 0 12
1926 23 7 16
1927 15 0 15
1928 14 0 14
1929 9 0 9
1930 15 0 15
1931 12 0 12
1932 8 0 8
1933 9 0 9
1934 9 0 9
1935 11 0 11
1936 9 0 9
1937 5 0 5
1939 13 0 13
1940 11 0 11
1941 6 0 6
1942 12 5 7
1943 5 0 5
1945 8 0 8
1946 12 0 12
1947 8 0 8
1948 6 0 6
1949 9 0 9
1950 13 0 13
1951 6 0 6
1952 7 0 7
1953 10 0 10
1956 6 0 6
1957 9 0 9
1959 9 0 9
1960 7 0 7
1961 6 0 6
1964 6 0 6
1965 7 0 7
1966 7 0 7
1968 5 0 5
1971 10 0 10
1972 7 0 7
1974 14 0 14
1975 7 0 7
1976 6 0 6
1977 6 0 6
1978 8 0 8
1979 6 0 6
1980 8 0 8
1981 8 0 8
1984 12 0 12
1985 14 0 14
1986 13 0 13
1987 15 0 15
1988 13 0 13
1989 13 0 13
1990 22 0 22
1991 24 0 24
1992 18 0 18
1993 29 0 29
1994 48 9 39
1995 87 6 81
1996 86 0 86
1997 85 7 78
1998 88 11 77
1999 63 8 55
2000 61 6 55
2001 56 6 50
2002 71 9 62
2003 68 7 61
2004 51 0 51
2005 75 9 66
2006 83 10 73
2007 83 16 67
2008 77 10 67
2009 96 19 77
2010 81 16 65
2011 64 13 51
2012 74 22 52
2013 82 37 45
2014 92 40 52
2015 112 48 64
2016 105 43 62
2017 120 46 74

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Popularity of Lake as a first name

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Popularity of Lake as a last name

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Common last names for Lake

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  • Brown
  • Miller
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lake U.S.
  White 81.43% 64.26%
  African American 11.85% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.18% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.09% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lake

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

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Fun Facts about the name Lake

  • How Popular is the name Lake? Lake is the 5,428th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lake was the 1,091st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lake have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,826 babies born with the first name Lake in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lake to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lake? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1891 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lake first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lake is Sunday, March 2nd, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Lake born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lake was in 1996 with a total of 86 babies.
  • Random Lake Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Lake is not a popular baby boy's name in Washington. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Lake: Your name in reverse order is Ekal. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Akel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lake? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 32,104 people with the last name Lake.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lake? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Lake as their last name.

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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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