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Major

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 28 0 28
1881 40 0 40
1882 44 0 44
1883 41 0 41
1884 36 0 36
1885 37 0 37
1886 31 0 31
1887 40 0 40
1888 37 0 37
1889 44 0 44
1890 27 0 27
1891 34 0 34
1892 41 0 41
1893 41 0 41
1894 37 0 37
1895 34 0 34
1896 42 0 42
1897 39 0 39
1898 42 0 42
1899 42 0 42
1900 51 0 51
1901 22 0 22
1902 46 0 46
1903 36 0 36
1904 31 0 31
1905 44 0 44
1906 39 0 39
1907 30 0 30
1908 38 0 38
1909 51 0 51
1910 46 0 46
1911 50 0 50
1912 68 0 68
1913 98 0 98
1914 109 0 109
1915 151 0 151
1916 130 0 130
1917 159 0 159
1918 153 0 153
1919 183 0 183
1920 169 0 169
1921 162 0 162
1922 151 0 151
1923 129 5 124
1924 150 0 150
1925 116 0 116
1926 147 0 147
1927 145 0 145
1928 149 0 149
1929 123 0 123
1930 143 0 143
1931 95 0 95
1932 125 0 125
1933 108 0 108
1934 94 0 94
1935 88 0 88
1936 103 0 103
1937 99 6 93
1938 98 0 98
1939 108 5 103
1940 127 0 127
1941 92 0 92
1942 123 0 123
1943 126 0 126
1944 129 0 129
1945 121 0 121
1946 108 0 108
1947 121 0 121
1948 120 0 120
1949 110 0 110
1950 135 0 135
1951 133 0 133
1952 115 0 115
1953 117 0 117
1954 111 0 111
1955 104 0 104
1956 98 0 98
1957 100 0 100
1958 95 0 95
1959 106 0 106
1960 71 0 71
1961 66 0 66
1962 67 0 67
1963 77 0 77
1964 83 0 83
1965 79 0 79
1966 57 0 57
1967 68 0 68
1968 55 0 55
1969 69 0 69
1970 72 0 72
1971 67 0 67
1972 57 0 57
1973 59 0 59
1974 59 0 59
1975 50 0 50
1976 46 0 46
1977 50 0 50
1978 54 0 54
1979 58 0 58
1980 65 0 65
1981 69 0 69
1982 51 0 51
1983 47 0 47
1984 53 0 53
1985 39 0 39
1986 51 0 51
1987 44 0 44
1988 60 0 60
1989 73 0 73
1990 62 0 62
1991 51 0 51
1992 48 0 48
1993 56 0 56
1994 46 0 46
1995 43 0 43
1996 36 0 36
1997 39 0 39
1998 36 0 36
1999 33 0 33
2000 55 0 55
2001 74 0 74
2002 78 0 78
2003 63 0 63
2004 75 0 75
2005 74 0 74
2006 82 0 82
2007 94 0 94
2008 90 0 90
2009 182 0 182
2010 237 0 237
2011 197 0 197
2012 555 0 555
2013 855 5 850
2014 932 7 925
2015 906 0 906

Want to know about the popularity of the Major baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 13,900 babies born with the name Major in the United States. That's more than enough Majors to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 28 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Major" was in 2014 with a total of 925 babies.

According to the 1945 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Major" is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1945. Across the entire United States a total of only 121 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

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Where is the name Major popular?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Major" mean? The list below shows the origins of Major as well as things modernly associated with the name Major such as celebrities named Major.

Origin and Meaning of Major

The name "Major" is of Latin origin, and it means "Better". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Ma"jor
Senses
  1. Greater in number, quantity, or extent; as, the major part of the assembly; the major part of the revenue; the major part of the territory.
  2. Of greater dignity; more important.
  3. Of full legal age; adult.(Obs)
  4. [Mus] Greater by a semitone, either in interval or in difference of pitch from another tone.

Etymology: L. major, compar. of magnus great: cf. F. majeur. Cf. Master Mayor Magnitude More (a.)

noun Ma"jor
Senses
  1. [Mil] An officer next in rank above a captain and next below a lieutenant colonel; the lowest field officer.
  2. [Law] A person of full age.
  3. [Logic] That premise which contains the major term. It its the first proposition of a regular syllogism; as: No unholy person is qualified for happiness in heaven [the major]. Every man in his natural state is unholy [minor]. Therefore, no man in his natural state is qualified for happiness in heaven [conclusion or inference].
  4. Etymology: LL. See Major

    A mayor.(Obs)

Note: ☞ In hypothetical syllogisms, the hypothetical premise is called the major.

Etymology: F. major. See Major (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The principal field of study of a student at a university ("her major is linguistics")
  2. A commissioned military officer in the United States Army or Air Force or Marines; below lieutenant colonel and above captain
  3. A university student who is studying a particular field as the principal subject ("she is a linguistics major")
  4. British statesman who was prime minister from 1990 until 1997 (born in 1943)
  5. Have as one's principal field of study ("She is majoring in linguistics")
  6. Greater in number or size or amount ("a major portion (a majority) of the population", "Ursa Major", and "a major portion of the winnings")
  7. Greater in scope or effect ("a major contribution", "a major improvement", "a major break with tradition", and "a major misunderstanding")
  8. Of full legal age
  9. (of a scale or mode) having half steps between the third and fourth degrees and the seventh and eighth degrees ("major scales" and "the key of D major")
  10. Of the field of academic study in which one concentrates or specializes ("his major field was mathematics")
  11. Of greater importance or stature or rank ("a major artist", "a major role", and "major highways")
  12. Of greater seriousness or danger ("a major earthquake", "a major hurricane", and "a major illness")
  13. Of the elder of two boys with the same family name ("Jones major")

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Alternative Meanings

M is for mild, your mild and gentle way.

A is for advantage, for you are blessed with many.

J is for joy, that you always bring.

O is for old fashioned, you cherish the past.

R is for romp, you know how to have fun!

Your name in reverse order is "Rojam". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ojrma". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Major born Feb 11, 1922

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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 Portugal approximately on 900. Your profession was monk, bee-keeper, and lone gunman.

As an inquisitive and inventive person, you liked to get to the very bottom of things and to rummage in books. Talent for drama, natural born actor. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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