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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Loyal

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Loy"al
Senses
  1. Faithful to law; upholding the lawful authority; faithful and true to the lawful government; faithful to the prince or sovereign to whom one is subject; unswerving in allegiance."Welcome, sir John ! But why come you in arms ? To help King Edward in his time of storm, As every loyal subject ought to do." [Shak.]
  2. True to any person or persons to whom one owes fidelity, especially as a wife to her husband, lovers to each other, and friend to friend; constant; faithful to a cause or a principle."Your true and loyal wife." [Shak.]"Unhappy both, but loyaltheir loves." [Dryden.]

Etymology: F. loyal, OF. loial leial, L. legalis, fr. lex legis, law. See Legal, and cf. Leal

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  1. Unwavering in devotion to friend or vow or cause ("loyal supporters")
  2. Steadfast in allegiance or duty ("loyal subjects" and "loyal friends stood by him")
  3. Inspired by love for your country
Wiktionary

Borrowing from Middle French loyal, from Old French loial, leial, leal, from Latin lēgālis. Doublet of legal and leal.

loyal was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, and Middle French

Notable Persons Named Loyal

Loyal was born in 1906. He left this life in 1978.

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Loyal Rue is a in the fields of philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, emergence, and evolution. Loyal was given the name Loyal Duane Rue on June 7th, 1944.

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Loyal was born on September 28th, 1946. She left this life on November 15th, 2001.

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Jr. L. Martin Griffin is a nature writing and environmentalism doctor, writer, environmentalist, and vintner. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Jr. was given the name Loyal Martin Griffin, Jr. on July 23rd, 1920 in Utah.

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Loyal Blaine Aldrich was a in the field of astrophysics. Loyal was born on November 20th, 1884 in Wisconsin. He left this life on February 11th, 1965.

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Loyal was born on January 27th, 1854 in Hastings, Michigan. He breathed his last breath on May 14th, 1930.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1882 5 0 5
1890 13 0 13
1891 11 0 11
1892 11 0 11
1893 5 0 5
1894 11 0 11
1895 6 0 6
1896 8 0 8
1898 7 0 7
1899 5 0 5
1900 7 0 7
1901 10 0 10
1902 11 0 11
1903 14 0 14
1904 10 0 10
1905 9 0 9
1906 17 0 17
1907 11 0 11
1908 8 0 8
1909 17 0 17
1910 21 0 21
1911 13 0 13
1912 44 0 44
1913 45 0 45
1914 71 0 71
1915 68 0 68
1916 84 7 77
1917 74 0 74
1918 115 9 106
1919 102 7 95
1920 94 0 94
1921 93 8 85
1922 85 0 85
1923 111 6 105
1924 96 7 89
1925 98 0 98
1926 80 6 74
1927 75 0 75
1928 78 0 78
1929 68 0 68
1930 62 0 62
1931 85 0 85
1932 76 0 76
1933 61 0 61
1934 56 5 51
1935 45 0 45
1936 64 0 64
1937 48 0 48
1938 52 0 52
1939 50 0 50
1940 45 0 45
1941 54 0 54
1942 55 0 55
1943 67 0 67
1944 50 0 50
1945 57 0 57
1946 47 0 47
1947 52 0 52
1948 50 0 50
1949 25 0 25
1950 41 0 41
1951 23 0 23
1952 28 0 28
1953 15 0 15
1954 25 0 25
1955 25 0 25
1956 22 0 22
1957 25 0 25
1958 20 0 20
1959 30 0 30
1960 29 0 29
1961 19 0 19
1962 26 0 26
1963 30 0 30
1964 20 0 20
1965 15 0 15
1966 18 0 18
1967 24 0 24
1968 10 0 10
1969 15 0 15
1970 13 0 13
1971 10 0 10
1972 9 0 9
1973 9 0 9
1974 8 0 8
1975 13 0 13
1976 9 0 9
1977 9 0 9
1978 8 0 8
1979 9 0 9
1980 6 0 6
1981 9 0 9
1982 11 0 11
1983 8 0 8
1984 7 0 7
1985 8 0 8
1986 7 0 7
1987 8 0 8
1988 7 0 7
1989 5 0 5
1990 8 0 8
1991 5 0 5
1994 6 0 6
1996 7 0 7
1997 6 0 6
1998 5 0 5
1999 6 0 6
2000 11 0 11
2001 11 0 11
2002 7 0 7
2003 6 0 6
2004 14 0 14
2005 17 0 17
2006 18 0 18
2007 22 0 22
2008 26 5 21
2009 39 11 28
2010 21 0 21
2011 44 7 37
2012 51 8 43
2013 61 17 44
2014 90 28 62
2015 98 27 71
2016 85 28 57
2017 104 34 70

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Popularity of Loyal as a last name

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  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Anderson
  • Clark
  • Davis
  • White
  • Scott
  • Carter
  • Baker
  • Walker
  • Morgan

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Loyal U.S.
  White 41.00% 64.26%
  African American 51.56% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.15% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Loyal

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

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Fun Facts about the name Loyal

  • How Popular is the name Loyal? Loyal is the 4,220th most popular name of all time. As a last name Loyal was the 38,332nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Loyal have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 4,213 babies born with the first name Loyal in the United States. That's more than enough people named Loyal to occupy the territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Loyal? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Loyal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Loyal is Saturday, March 9th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Loyal born? The highest recorded use of the first name Loyal was in 1918 with a total of 106 babies.
  • Random Loyal Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Loyal is not a popular baby boy's name in Nebraska. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Nebraska have the same name as you in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Loyal: Your name in reverse order is Layol. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yaoll. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Loyal? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 578 people with the last name Loyal.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Loyal? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Loyal as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k 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).
  • 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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