London

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since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name London mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of London

"London" is a name of English origin, and it means "From the great river". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Lon"don
The capital city of England.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The capital and largest city of England; located on the Thames in southeastern England; financial and industrial and cultural center
  2. United States writer of novels based on experiences in the Klondike gold rush (1876-1916)
Wiktionary

Borrowing from Latin Londīnium.

  1. The capital city of the United Kingdom and of England, situated near the mouth of the River Thames in southeast England, with a metropolitan population of more than 12,000,000.
  2. A former administrative county of England, created in 1889 from parts of Kent, Middlesex and Surrey, and merged into Greater London in 1965.
  3. A city in southwestern Ontario, Canada, with a population of approximately 300,000.
  4. A city in Ohio, USA, with a population of approximately 9,000.
  5. A city in Kentucky, USA, with a population of approximately 8,000.
  6. A city in Arkansas, USA, with a population of approximately 900.
  7. A city in California, USA, with a population of approximately 1,800.
  8. A community in Texas, USA, with a population of approximately 180.
  9. A community in West Virginia, USA.
  10. A settlement in Kiribati, on Easter Island.
  11. A habitational surname​. for someone from London.
  12. (rare) A male or female given name transferred from the place name.

London was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and Tatar

Notable Persons Named London

London On Da Track is a hip hop music record producer and songwriter. London was given the name London Holmes on March 27th, 1991 in Billboard Hot 100. London is also known as RK London.

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London Tipton is a fictional character.

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London Fletcher is an american football player. London was born on May 19th, 1975 in Cleveland.

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London Breed is a politician. London was born in 1974 in San Francisco.

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London May is a punk rock, hardcore punk, and gothic rock musician. He plays Drum kit, Bass guitar, and Guitar. London was born on July 20th, 1967 in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

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London LeGrand is a hard rock musician. He was most prominent from 2004 to present.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name London

Jack London was a novelist, journalist, short story writer, essayist, short story, and list of essayists. Jack was given the name John Griffith Chaney on January 12th, 1876 in San Francisco, California, US. He passed away on November 22nd, 1916.

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Julie London was a singer, actress, pin-up model, and singing. She was most prominent from 1944 to 1979. Julie was given the name Gayle Peck on September 26th, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California, United States. She died on October 18th, 2000.

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Lauren London is an actress, model, and television personality. She was most prominent from 2002 to 2002. Lauren was given the name Lauren Nicole London on December 5th, 1984 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Jason London is an actor. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Jason was given the name Jason Paul London on November 7th, 1972 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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Paul London is a wrestler. Paul was born on April 16th, 1980 in Austin, Texas, United States.

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Jeremy London is an actor. He has been prominent since 1991. Jeremy was given the name Jeremy Michael London on November 7th, 1972 in San Diego, California, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1886 5 0 5
1888 5 0 5
1900 5 0 5
1909 5 0 5
1912 5 0 5
1913 5 0 5
1915 10 0 10
1916 6 0 6
1917 15 0 15
1918 13 0 13
1919 16 0 16
1920 8 0 8
1921 6 0 6
1922 7 0 7
1923 11 0 11
1924 6 0 6
1925 12 0 12
1926 7 0 7
1927 12 0 12
1928 7 0 7
1929 8 0 8
1930 9 0 9
1933 8 0 8
1934 5 0 5
1935 6 0 6
1938 5 0 5
1939 7 0 7
1941 11 0 11
1943 7 0 7
1944 7 0 7
1945 8 0 8
1946 7 0 7
1947 8 0 8
1948 7 0 7
1949 10 0 10
1950 8 0 8
1952 11 0 11
1953 11 0 11
1954 6 0 6
1955 7 0 7
1956 6 0 6
1957 6 0 6
1958 7 0 7
1959 8 0 8
1960 7 0 7
1961 10 0 10
1962 13 0 13
1963 15 6 9
1964 15 0 15
1965 20 5 15
1966 39 11 28
1967 34 12 22
1968 47 18 29
1969 53 21 32
1970 43 20 23
1971 50 13 37
1972 41 15 26
1973 36 16 20
1974 28 14 14
1975 28 9 19
1976 35 21 14
1977 45 23 22
1978 30 17 13
1979 28 13 15
1980 34 14 20
1981 40 23 17
1982 34 15 19
1983 54 27 27
1984 57 24 33
1985 60 32 28
1986 89 52 37
1987 113 66 47
1988 143 71 72
1989 181 86 95
1990 209 113 96
1991 241 127 114
1992 237 141 96
1993 240 132 108
1994 295 189 106
1995 249 153 96
1996 301 183 118
1997 311 188 123
1998 302 192 110
1999 352 230 122
2000 445 271 174
2001 455 270 185
2002 465 278 187
2003 505 314 191
2004 613 411 202
2005 842 538 304
2006 1,308 942 366
2007 1,560 1,196 364
2008 2,637 2,159 478
2009 3,147 2,628 519
2010 3,381 2,870 511
2011 3,614 3,163 451 #94 girl name
2012 3,683 3,198 485 #94 girl name
2013 3,871 3,455 416 #85 girl name
2014 3,718 3,283 435 #93 girl name
2015 3,360 2,912 448
2016 2,695 2,349 346
2017 2,230 1,957 273

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Popularity of London as a first name

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Popularity of London as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity London U.S.
  White 55.94% 64.26%
  African American 37.88% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.78% 16.26%

Of Last Name London

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

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Fun Facts about the name London

  • What name lists does London rank for?
  • How Popular is the name London? London is the 1,107th most popular name of all time. As a last name London was the 2,249th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name London have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 43,037 babies born with the first name London in the United States. That's more than enough people named London to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named London? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1886 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was London first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name London is Monday, January 18th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named London born? The highest recorded use of the first name London was in 2013 with a total of 3,455 babies. That's a lot of babies named London!
  • Random London Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name London ranks 41st in popularity as a baby girl's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, 78 babies in South Carolina have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name London: Your name in reverse order is Nodnol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ldoonn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name London? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,195 people with the last name London.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of London? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have London 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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