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Origin and Meaning of Love

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  • A user from Tennessee, United States says the name Love is of Unknown origin and means "CHARITY".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Love
Senses
  1. A feeling of strong attachment induced by that which delights or commands admiration; preëminent kindness or devotion to another; affection; tenderness; as, the love of brothers and sisters."Of all the dearest bonds we prove Thou countest sons' and mothers' love Most sacred, most Thine own." [Keble.]
  2. Especially, devoted attachment to, or tender or passionate affection for, one of the opposite sex."He on his side Leaning half-raised, with looks of cordial love Hung over her enamored." [Milton.]
  3. Courtship; -- chiefly in the phrase to make love, i. e., to court, to woo, to solicit union in marriage."Demetrius . . . Made love to Nedar's daughter, Helena, And won her soul." [Shak.]
  4. Affection; kind feeling; friendship; strong liking or desire; fondness; good will; -- opposed to hate; often with of and an object." Love, and health to all." [Shak.]"Smit with the love of sacred song." [Milton.]"The love of science faintly warmed his breast." [Fenton.]
  5. Due gratitude and reverence to God."Keep yourselves in the love of God." [Jude 21.]
  6. The object of affection; -- often employed in endearing address; as, he held his love in his arms; his greatest love was reading."Trust me, love." [Dryden.]"Open the temple gates unto my love." [Spenser.]
  7. Cupid, the god of love; sometimes, Venus."Such was his form as painters, when they show Their utmost art, on naked Lores bestow." [Dryden.]"Therefore do nimble-pinioned doves draw Love." [Shak.]
  8. A thin silk stuff.(Obs)
  9. [Bot] A climbing species of Clematis Clematis Vitalba).
  10. Nothing; no points scored on one side; -- used in counting score at tennis, etc."He won the match by three sets to love." [The Field.]
  11. Sexual intercourse; -- a euphemism.
    synonyms: Affection; friendship; kindness; tenderness; fondness; delight.

Note: Love is often used in the formation of compounds, in most of which the meaning is very obvious; as, love-cracked, love-darting, love-killing, love-linked, love-taught, etc.

Etymology: OE. love luve, AS. lufe lufu; akin to E. lief believe, L. lubet libet, it pleases, Skr. lubh to be lustful. See Lief

verb Love
Senses
  1. To have a feeling of love for; to regard with affection or good will; as, to love one's children and friends; to love one's country; to love one's God. "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." [Matt. xxii. 37.]"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thy self." [Matt. xxii. 39.]
  2. To regard with passionate and devoted affection, as that of one sex for the other.
  3. To take delight or pleasure in; to have a strong liking or desire for, or interest in; to be pleased with; to like; as, to love books; to love adventures. "Wit, eloquence, and poetry. Arts which I loved." [Cowley.]

Etymology: AS. lufian. √124. See Love (n.)

verb Love
To have the feeling of love; to be in love.
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  1. Sexual activities (often including sexual intercourse) between two people ("his lovemaking disgusted her", "he hadn't had any love in months", and "he has a very complicated love life")
  2. Any object of warm affection or devotion ("the theater was her first love")
  3. A deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction ("their love left them indifferent to their surroundings" and "she was his first love")
  4. A strong positive emotion of regard and affection ("his love for his work" and "children need a lot of love")
  5. A beloved person; used as terms of endearment
  6. A score of zero in tennis or squash ("it was 40 love")
  7. Have sexual intercourse with
  8. Have a great affection or liking for ("I love French food" and "She loves her boss and works hard for him")
  9. Be enamored or in love with ("She loves her husband deeply")
  10. Get pleasure from ("I love cooking")
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
  2. An unincorporated community in Kentucky.
  3. A male given name
  4. A female given name

Love was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Love

Heart Evangelista is an actor, music artist (occupation), master of ceremonies, vj (media personality), model (people), actress, recording artist, tv host, vj, and model. She was most prominent from 1998 to present. Heart was given the name Love Marie Payawal Ongpauco-Escudero on February 14th, 1985. Heart is also known as Heart Evangelista.

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Love Brewster was an about the age of 10 yrs old he volunteered for the militia under myles standish an english guard to protect the colony., myles standish, and about the age of 10 yrs old he volunteered for the militia undermyles standishan english guard to protect the colo. Love was born Love Brewster as the child of William Brewster (Mayflower passenger) and Mary Brewster in 1611 in Massachusetts. He died in 1650.

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Love is a soccer player for the Kabuscorp S.C.P., Atlético Sport Aviação, C.D. Primeiro de Agosto, Atlético Petróleos de Luanda, C.R. Caála, and Angola national football team. Love was born on March 14th, 1979 in Luanda.

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Love Larson is a make-up artist and makeup artist. He was most active from 1988 to present. Love was born in Umeå, Västerbottens län, Sweden. Love is also known as Love Larsson.

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Love was born on January 5th, 1832. He breathed his last breath on December 18th, 1891.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Love

Courtney Love is an alternative rock, grunge, punk rock, and power pop musician. She plays List of Rickenbacker products, Fender Jazzmaster, and Squier Venus. She holds the title Doll Parts". She has had major accomplishments since 1982. Courtney was given the name Courtney Michelle Harrison on July 9th, 1964.

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Brandi was given the name Tracey Lynn Livermore on March 29th, 1973 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Kevin Love is a basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Kevin was born on September 7th, 1988 in Santa Monica, California.

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Mike Love is a rock music, pop music, and surf music musician. His ongoing career started in 1961. Mike was given the name Michael Edward Love on March 15th, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Angelina Love is a wrestler. Angelina was born on September 13th, 1981 in Toronto.

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Darlene Love is a jazz, pop music, and rock music singing and actor. She was most prominent from 1959 to present. Darlene was given the name Darlene Wright on July 26th, 1941 in Los Angeles.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 5 0
1882 5 0 5
1884 8 0 8
1885 15 8 7
1886 9 0 9
1887 7 0 7
1888 16 7 9
1889 16 10 6
1890 20 8 12
1891 15 10 5
1892 10 10 0
1893 16 11 5
1894 18 10 8
1895 11 6 5
1896 7 7 0
1897 7 7 0
1898 16 10 6
1900 15 8 7
1901 7 7 0
1902 14 5 9
1903 7 7 0
1904 10 5 5
1905 16 9 7
1906 16 8 8
1907 15 9 6
1908 12 5 7
1909 10 0 10
1910 20 12 8
1911 22 11 11
1912 5 0 5
1913 17 12 5
1914 27 10 17
1915 33 19 14
1916 34 19 15
1917 30 16 14
1918 27 16 11
1919 26 11 15
1920 27 15 12
1921 30 17 13
1922 29 12 17
1923 23 10 13
1924 35 17 18
1925 24 13 11
1926 27 16 11
1927 20 11 9
1928 27 11 16
1929 26 17 9
1930 31 22 9
1931 19 7 12
1932 31 19 12
1933 8 8 0
1934 17 7 10
1935 15 6 9
1937 6 0 6
1938 16 5 11
1939 10 0 10
1940 5 5 0
1941 13 6 7
1942 5 0 5
1943 5 0 5
1944 18 10 8
1945 5 5 0
1946 7 7 0
1947 10 5 5
1949 7 0 7
1950 16 9 7
1951 11 0 11
1952 5 5 0
1954 5 0 5
1956 8 8 0
1959 5 0 5
1961 5 5 0
1962 6 6 0
1963 7 7 0
1964 7 7 0
1965 10 5 5
1966 6 6 0
1967 8 8 0
1968 6 6 0
1969 12 12 0
1970 19 19 0
1971 30 23 7
1972 36 31 5
1973 31 24 7
1974 38 29 9
1975 37 26 11
1976 41 34 7
1977 32 32 0
1978 27 21 6
1979 29 22 7
1980 17 17 0
1981 15 15 0
1982 21 21 0
1983 13 7 6
1984 13 13 0
1985 19 13 6
1986 16 11 5
1987 14 14 0
1988 22 16 6
1989 18 12 6
1990 10 10 0
1991 19 11 8
1992 16 10 6
1993 21 13 8
1994 19 12 7
1995 23 17 6
1996 30 23 7
1997 16 16 0
1998 33 26 7
1999 40 30 10
2000 62 56 6
2001 56 47 9
2002 52 47 5
2003 57 47 10
2004 60 51 9
2005 61 49 12
2006 58 52 6
2007 89 77 12
2008 85 80 5
2009 85 85 0
2010 102 90 12
2011 71 71 0
2012 121 111 10
2013 141 141 0
2014 139 127 12
2015 123 113 10
2016 105 100 5
2017 131 121 10

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Popularity of Love as a first name

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Popularity of Love as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Love U.S.
  White 56.49% 64.26%
  African American 37.03% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Love

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

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Fun Facts about the name Love

  • How Popular is the name Love? Love is the 4,759th most popular name of all time. As a last name Love was the 385th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Love have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,490 babies born with the first name Love in the United States. That's more than enough people named Love to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Love? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Love first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Love is Tuesday, November 1st, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Love born? The highest recorded use of the first name Love was in 2013 with a total of 141 babies.
  • Random Love Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Love is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Love: Your name in reverse order is Evol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oelv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Love? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 82,873 people with the last name Love.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Love? Love was ranked as the 385th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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.
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