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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lima

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  • According to a user from United Kingdom, the name Lima is of Unknown origin and means "Eye lid".
  • According to a user from United Arab Emirates, the name Lima is of Arabic origin and means "Star beside the moon".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Li"ma
The capital city of Peru, in South America.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Capital and largest city and economic center of Peru; located in western Peru; was capital of the Spanish empire in the New World until the 19th century
  1. lima bean
    We had with dinner last night.

lima was also found in the following language(s): Agutaynen, Alangan, Alu, Amis, Balinese, Banjarese, Bughotu, Casiguran Dumagat Agta, Cebuano, Central Bontoc, Central Melanau, Chamorro, Cia-Cia, Dupaninan Agta, East Futuna, Faroese, Fijian, Finnish, French, Galician, Gela, Gothic, Hawaiian, Hiligaynon, Icelandic, Indonesian, Isinai, Isnag, Italian, Itawit, Ivatan, Javanese, Kankanaey, Kapingamarangi, Latin, Lau, Lusi, Malay, Manam, Maori, Mayoyao Ifugao, Muduapa, Mussau-Emira, Nakanai, Niuatoputapu, Niuean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Nukuoro, Paiwan, Papora, Polish, Portuguese, Raga, Ratahan, Rotuman, Roviana, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swahili, Swazi, Tagalog, Taroko, Tetum, To'abaita, Tolai, Tuvaluan, Uma, Woleaian, Xhosa, Yami, and Zulu

Notable Persons Named Lima

Lima is a soccer player for the Al-Ahli Dubai F.C., Mixto Esporte Clube, F.C. Vizela, Paysandu Sport Club, Iraty Sport Club, J. Malucelli Futebol, Paraná Clube, Clube Atlético Juventus, Santos FC, Avaí FC, C.F. Os Belenenses, S.C. Braga, and S.L. Benfica. Lima was born on May 11th, 1983 in Monte Alegre, Brazil.


Lima was born on February 3rd, 1991 in Wellington.


Lima Barreto was a novelist, short story writer, journalist, and short story. Lima was given the name Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto on May 13th, 1881 in Rio de Janeiro. He left this life on November 1st, 1922.


Lima was given the name Ariclenes Venâncio Martins on March 29th, 1930 in Sacramento, Minas Gerais.


Lima was born in 1927. He passed away in 1998.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Lima

Adriana Lima is a model. Adriana was born on June 12th, 1981 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.


Floriana Lima is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present.


Rafael Lima is a soccer player for the Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, Figueirense FC, Ceará Sporting Club, Al-Sharjah SCC, and Esporte Clube Internacional. Rafael was born on March 8th, 1986 in Florianópolis, Brazil. Rafael is also known as Rafael Lima.


Leila de Lima is a Secretary of the Philippine Department of Justice, Chairperson of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, Department of Justice (Philippines), and Commission on Human Rights (Philippines). Leila was born on August 27th, 1959 in Iriga.


T.O.S.D. Saint Rose of Lima was a saint. She holds the title Virgin and penitent. T.O.S.D. was born on April 20th, 1586 in Lima. She left this life on August 25th, 1617.


Lucas Lima is a soccer player for the Santos FC, Rio Preto Esporte Clube, América Futebol Clube (SP), Associação Atlética Internacional (Limeira), Sport Club Internacional, Sport Club do Recife, and Brazil national football team. Lucas was born on July 9th, 1990 in Marília, Brazil. Lucas is also known as Lucas Rafael Araújo Lima.


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Popularity of Lima as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lima U.S.
  White 45.40% 64.26%
  African American 5.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.97% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.14% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 45.70% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lima

People with the last name Lima are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Lima

  • How Popular is the name Lima? Lima is the 32,814th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lima was the 1,882nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lima have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 130 babies born with the first name Lima in the United States. That's more than enough people named Lima 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 Lima? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1897 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Lima first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lima is Friday, October 25th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Lima born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lima was in 1904 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Lima: Your name in reverse order is Amil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lami. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lima? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,109 people with the last name Lima.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lima? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Lima 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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