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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Legacy mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Legacy

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Leg"a*cy
  1. A gift of property by will, esp. of money or personal property; a bequest. Also Fig.; as, a legacy of dishonor or disease.
  2. A business with which one is intrusted by another; a commission; -- obsolete, except in the phrases last legacy dying legacy, and the like."My legacy and message wherefore I am sent into the world." [Tyndale.]"He came and told his legacy." [Chapman.]

Etymology: L. (assumedlegatia, for legatum, from legare to appoint by last will, to bequeath as a legacy, to depute: cf. OF. legat legacy. See Legate

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  1. (law) a gift of personal property by will

Borrowing from Old French legacie, from Medieval Latin legatia, from Latin lēgātum.

  1. (law) Money or property bequeathed to someone in a will.
  2. Something inherited from a predecessor; a heritage.
    John Muir left as his an enduring spirit of respect for the environment.
  3. (university and society admissions) The descendant of an alumnus.
    Because she was a , her mother's sorority rushed her.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1994 10 10 0
1995 8 8 0
1996 18 18 0
1997 12 12 0
1998 20 20 0
1999 33 33 0
2000 20 20 0
2001 36 36 0
2002 32 27 5
2003 27 27 0
2004 22 22 0
2005 21 21 0
2006 23 23 0
2007 28 28 0
2008 43 35 8
2009 54 37 17
2010 105 70 35
2011 77 55 22
2012 105 76 29
2013 111 80 31
2014 140 106 34
2015 222 163 59
2016 330 253 77
2017 395 277 118

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Popularity of Legacy as a first name

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Popularity of Legacy as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Legacy U.S.
  White 92.86% 64.26%
  African American 1.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.18% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Legacy

People with the last name Legacy are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Legacy

  • How Popular is the name Legacy? Legacy is the 7,023rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Legacy was the 42,937th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Legacy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,892 babies born with the first name Legacy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Legacy to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Legacy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1994 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Legacy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Legacy was in 2017 with a total of 277 babies.
  • Random Legacy Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Legacy is not a popular baby girl's name in Michigan. Imagine that, only 11 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Legacy: Your name in reverse order is Ycagel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ecglay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Legacy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 504 people with the last name Legacy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Legacy? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Legacy as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k 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.