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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Lisbon

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lis"bon
A sweet, light-colored species of wine, produced in the province of Estremadura, and so called as being shipped from Lisbon, in Portugal.
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  1. Capital and largest city and economic and cultural center of Portugal; a major port in western Portugal on Tagus River where it broadens and empties into the Atlantic

The origin of the city's name is uncertain. Older spellings include Ulixbona and Ulixbuna (in the Visigothic era); Ὀλισσιπών (Olissipo) or Ὀλισσιπόνα (Olissipona) (by Greek writers), Olisippo (by Pliny the Elder), and Ulyssippo (by Pomponius Mela of Hispania), the last of which relates to the first-century Roman folk etymology that it was founded by and named after Ulysses; another common folk etymology is the Phoenician Alis-Ubo "safe harbour."

Another possibility, based on hydronomy of the area, derives the name from a pre-Roman substrate of Iberia's appellation for the Tagus, Lisso or Lucio.

  1. The capital of Portugal and of the district of Lisbon.
  2. A district of Portugal.
  3. A sweet, light-coloured wine from Portugal.

Notable Persons Named Lisbon

Lisbon is also known as The Lisbon Ripper.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Lisbon

Teresa Lisbon is a special agent.


Mark of Lisbon is a cleric.


Don was born on January 15th, 1941 in Youngstown, Ohio.


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Popularity of Lisbon as a last name

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Common last names for Lisbon

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Lisbon U.S.
  White 38.32% 64.26%
  African American 56.97% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.84% 16.26%

Of Last Name Lisbon

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

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Fun Facts about the name Lisbon

  • How Popular is the name Lisbon? Lisbon is the 74,697th most popular name of all time. As a last name Lisbon was the 44,109th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Lisbon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Lisbon in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Lisbon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1923 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Lisbon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Lisbon is Monday, December 12th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Lisbon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Lisbon was in 1923 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Lisbon: Your name in reverse order is Nobsil. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sobiln. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Lisbon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 488 people with the last name Lisbon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Lisbon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Lisbon 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.