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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Lonely

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Lone"ly
  1. Sequestered from company or neighbors; solitary; retired; as, a lonely situation; a lonely cell.
  2. Alone, or in want of company; forsaken."To the misled and lonely traveler." [Milton.]
  3. Not frequented by human beings; as, a lonely wood.
  4. Having a feeling of depression or sadness resulting from the consciousness of being alone; lonesome."I am very often alone. I don't mean I am lonely." [H. James.]
    synonyms: Solitary; lone; lonesome; retired; unfrequented; sequestered; secluded.

Etymology: Shortened fr. alonely

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Marked by dejection from being alone ("felt sad and lonely")
  2. Devoid of creatures ("a lonely crossroads")
  3. Characterized by or preferring solitude ("a lonely existence")
  4. Lacking companions or companionship ("a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel" and "a lonely soul")

From lone +‎ -ly, or from an apheretic shortening of alonely. See lone.

Fun Facts about the name Lonely

  • When was the first name Lonely first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Lonely is Friday, June 22nd, 1894.
  • How unique is the name Lonely? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Lonely. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Lonely: Your name in reverse order is Ylenol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oleynl. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Lonely born Jun 3, 1988

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Central England approximately on 1325. Your profession was jeweler and watch-maker.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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.