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Origin and Meaning of Legend

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  • A user from North Carolina, United States says the name Legend is of English origin and means "Gift from God".
  • A submission from California, United States says the name Legend means "A boy who play with wolverines" and is of English origin.
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noun Leg"end
  1. That which is appointed to be read; especially, a chronicle or register of the lives of saints, formerly read at matins, and in the refectories of religious houses.
  2. A story respecting saints; especially, one of a marvelous nature.
  3. Any wonderful story coming down from the past, but not verifiable by historical record; a myth; a fable."And in this legend all that glorious deed Read, whilst you arm you." [Fairfax.]
  4. An inscription, motto, or title, esp. one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon an heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.

Etymology: OE. legende, OF. legende, F. légende, LL. legenda, fr. L. legendus to be read, fr. legere to read, gather; akin to Gr. le`gein to gather, speak. Cf. Collect Dialogue Lesson Logic

verb Leg"end
To tell or narrate, as a legend.
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  1. Brief description accompanying an illustration
  2. A story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

From Middle English legende, from Old French legende, from Medieval Latin legenda (“a legend, story, especially the lives of the saints”), from Latin legenda (“things which ought to be read”), from lego (“I read”).

  1. A unrealistic story depicting past events.
    1. A story of unknown origin describing plausible but extraordinary past events.
      The of Troy was discovered to have a historical basis.
    2. A plausible story set in the historical past, but whose historicity is uncertain.
      The legend of Robin Hood/the legend of Prester John/the legend of Coriolanus.
    3. A story in which a kernel of truth is embellished to an unlikely degree.
      The 1984 Rose Bowl prank has spawned many . Here's the real story.
    4. A fabricated backstory for a spy, with associated documents and records; a cover story.
      According to his , he once worked for the Red Cross, spreading humanitarian aid in Africa.
  2. A person related to a legend or legends.
    1. A leading protagonist in a historical legend.
      Achilles is a in Greek culture.
    2. A person with legend-like qualities, such as extraordinary accomplishment.
      Michael Jordan stands as a in basketball.
      1. (Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial, slang) A cool, nice or helpful person, especially one who is male.
      I've lost my pen! —Here mate, borrow mine. —You .
  3. A key to the symbols and color codes on a map, chart, etc.
    According to the on the map, that building is a school.
  4. An inscription, motto, or title, especially one surrounding the field in a medal or coin, or placed upon a heraldic shield or beneath an engraving or illustration.

legend was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, German, Polish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Legend

Legend Pareta is a soccer player for the Metro F.C. and Cook Islands national football team. Legend was born on September 8th, 1996 in Cook Islands.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Legend

John Legend is a singer, songwriter, musician‚ą£actor, and activist. His ongoing career started in 2000. John was given the name John Roger Stephens on December 28th, 1978 in Springfield, Ohio, U.S.


Bill Legend is a musician. Bill was born on May 8th, 1944.


Joe E. Legend is a wrestler. Joe was born on September 2nd, 1969 in Toronto.


Johnny Legend is a rockabilly singing. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to 2000. Johnny was given the name Martin Margulies on October 3rd, 1948 in San Fernando, California, United States.


Lawrence Legend is a stuntman. Lawrence was given the name Lawrence Ryan on March 28th, 1971 in Junee.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1993 10 0 10
1994 18 7 11
1995 40 11 29
1996 25 8 17
1997 33 16 17
1998 37 16 21
1999 54 13 41
2000 42 12 30
2001 56 16 40
2002 48 8 40
2003 40 9 31
2004 53 8 45
2005 103 15 88
2006 82 17 65
2007 111 17 94
2008 183 20 163
2009 216 25 191
2010 229 15 214
2011 228 13 215
2012 284 21 263
2013 342 18 324
2014 561 41 520
2015 863 52 811
2016 1,205 70 1,135
2017 1,522 74 1,448

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Popularity of Legend as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Legend

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  • How Popular is the name Legend? Legend is the 3,259th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Legend have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,385 babies born with the first name Legend in the United States. That's more than enough people named Legend to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Legend? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1993 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Legend born? The highest recorded use of the first name Legend was in 2017 with a total of 1,448 babies. That's a lot of babies named Legend!
  • Random Legend Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Legend ranks 94th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 15 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Legend: Your name in reverse order is Dnegel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lndgee. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
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