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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Le"gion
  1. [Rom. Antiq] A body of foot soldiers and cavalry consisting of different numbers at different periods, -- from about four thousand to about six thousand men, -- the cavalry being about one tenth.
  2. A military force; an army; military bands.
  3. A great number; a multitude."Where one sin has entered, legions will force their way through the same breach." [Rogers.]
  4. [Taxonomy] A group of orders inferior to a class.

Etymology: OE. legioun, OF. legion, F. légion, fr. L. legio, fr. legere to gather, collect. See Legend

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  1. A vast multitude
  2. Archaic terms for army
  3. A large military unit ("the French Foreign Legion")
  4. Association of ex-servicemen ("the American Legion")
  5. Amounting to a large indefinite number ("Palomar's fans are legion")

Attested (in Middle English, as legioun) around 1200, from Old French legion, from Latin legiō, legionem, from legō (“to gather, collect”); akin to legend, lecture.

Generalized sense of “a large number” is due to (inaccurate) translations of allusive phrase in Mark 5:9

And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.
  1. (military, Ancient Rome) The major unit or division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 infantry soldiers and 100 to 200 cavalry troops.
  2. (military, obsolete) a combined arms major military unit featuring cavalry, infantry, and artillery
  3. (military) A large military or semimilitary unit trained for combat; any military force; an army, regiment; an armed, organized and assembled militia.
  4. (often or ) A national organization or association of former servicemen, such as the American Legion, founded in 1919.
  5. A large number of people; a multitude.
  6. (often plural) A great number.
    Where one sin has entered, will force their way through the same breach. — John Rogers (1679-1729) Google Books
  7. (dated, taxonomy) A group of orders inferior to a class; in scientific classification, a term occasionally used to express an assemblage of objects intermediate between an order and a class.

legion was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto, Middle French, and Polish

Notable Persons Named Legion

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Legion

Legion is a comics character.


Theban Legion was a saint. They hold the title Martyrs. They passed away in 286.


Alex Legion is a basketball player for the Arkadikos, PVSK Panthers, Roseto Sharks, Hekmeh BC, Veroli Basket, Pallacanestro Trapani, and Arkadikos B.C. in the Greek Basket League. He was most prominent from 2012 to present. Alex was born on November 16th, 1988 in Detroit.


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Popularity of Legion as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Legion U.S.
  White 25.95% 64.26%
  African American 54.20% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 16.79% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Legion

People with the last name Legion are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Legion

  • How Popular is the name Legion? Legion is the 26,423rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Legion was the 129,825th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Legion have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 207 babies born with the first name Legion in the United States. That's more than enough people named Legion to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Legion? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2003 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Legion first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Legion is Friday, September 25th, 1903.
  • What year had the most people named Legion born? The highest recorded use of the first name Legion was in 2010 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Legion: Your name in reverse order is Noigel. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leoign. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Legion? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 131 people with the last name Legion.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Legion? Legion is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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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