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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Loon
A sorry fellow; a worthless person; a rogue.

Etymology: Scot. loun lown loon; akin to OD. loen a stupid man; prob. for an older lown, and akin to E. lame

noun Loon
Any one of several aquatic, wed-footed, northern birds of the genus Urinatorformerly Colymbus), noted for their expertness in diving and swimming under water. The common loon, or great northern diver (Urinator imber, or Colymbus torquatus), and the red-throated loon or diver (Urinator septentrionalis), are the best known species. See Diver.

Etymology: For older loom, Icel. lōmr; akin to Dan. & Sw. lom

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  1. Large somewhat primitive fish-eating diving bird of the northern hemisphere having webbed feet placed far back; related to the grebes
  2. A worthless lazy fellow
  3. A person with confused ideas; incapable of serious thought
Wiktionary

From Middle English loun. Folk etymology associates it slang-wise with lunatic; see loony.

  1. idler, lout
  2. (chiefly Scotland, Ulster) boy, lad
  3. (chiefly Scotland) harlot; mistress
  4. (chiefly Scotland) simpleton
  5. (slang) crazy or deranged person
  6. (Ireland) English Soldier of an expeditionary army in Ireland.
Common loon with chick
  1. (US, Canada) Any of various birds, of the order Gaviiformes, of North America and Europe that dive for fish and have a short tail, webbed feet and a yodeling cry.

Of Scandinavian origin, akin to Old Norse lómr (“loon”), compare lament.

  1. (US, Canada) Any of various birds, of the order Gaviiformes, of North America and Europe that dive for fish and have a short tail, webbed feet and a yodeling cry.

    loon was also found in the following language(s): Afrikaans, Dutch, and Scots

    Notable Persons Named Loon

    Loon is a rapper, religious activist, and rapping. His career lasted from 1998 to 1998. Loon was given the name Chauncey Lamont Hawkins on June 20th, 1975 in Harlem.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Loon

    Loon is a rapper, religious activist, and rapping. His career lasted from 1998 to 1998. Loon was given the name Chauncey Lamont Hawkins on June 20th, 1975 in Harlem.

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    Alan Chan is a ceo of singapore press holdings, singapore press holdings, and ceo ofsingapore press holdings. Alan was given the name Alan Chan Heng Loon on February 22nd, 1953 in Singapore.

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    Agnes was born as the child of Louis I and Count of Loon in 1150. She breathed her last breath in 1191.

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    Ho Wai Loon is a soccer player for the Balestier Khalsa FC and Singapore national under-23 football team. Ho was born on August 20th, 1993 in Singapore.

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    Martine was born on February 25th, 1972.

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    Ton was born on October 10th, 1956 in Weert.

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    Popularity of Loon as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Loon U.S.
      White 57.14% 64.26%
      African American 2.60% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 22.94% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 9.52% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.60% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 5.19% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Loon

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Loon

    • How Popular is the name Loon? As a last name Loon was the 81,772nd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Loon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Loon is Sunday, August 16th, 1885.
    • How unique is the name Loon? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Loon. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Loon: Your name in reverse order is Nool. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nool. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Loon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 231 people with the last name Loon.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Loon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Loon as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • 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.
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