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Major

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since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Major mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Major

"Major" is a name 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")
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
  2. An unincorporated community in Kentucky.
  3. A village in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  4. (military) An army officer title in most countries

Major was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Major

Major Tom is an astronaut.

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Major Applewhite is a college coach. Major was born on July 26th, 1978 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Major Garrett is a correspondent with the national journal; reporter and national journal. Major was given the name Major Elliott Garrett on August 24th, 1962 in San Diego. Major is also known as Major Garrett.

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Major Force is a comics character.

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Major Sir Thomas Mitchell was a surveyor, explorer, surveying, and european exploration of australia. He holds the title Lieutenant colonel Sir. Major was given the name Thomas Livingstone Mitchell on June 15th, 1792 in Grangemouth, Scotland. He left this life on October 5th, 1855.

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Major Ridge was a cherokee leader, cherokee, and cherokeeleader. Major was born in 1771 in Great Hiwassee, present-day Tennessee. He breathed his last breath on June 22nd, 1839.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Major

Sir John Major is a for Huntingdon, (Huntingdonshire ), Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the Conservative Party, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth Affairs, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Minis. John was born on March 29th, 1943 in Carshalton, Surrey, England.

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Static Major was a contemporary r&b and hip hop music singing, songwriter, rapping, and record producer. He plays Vocals. He was most prominent from 1993 to 2008. Static was given the name Stephen Ellis Garrett on November 11th, 1974. He breathed his last breath on February 25th, 2008.

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Old Major is a fictional character.

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Dame Norma Major is a Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Spouse of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Dame was born on February 12th, 1942.

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Ursa Major is a comics character.

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Scott Major is an actor and director. He was most active from 1992 to present. Scott was born on July 4th, 1975.

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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 83 0 83
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 935 7 928
2015 908 0 908
2016 975 0 975

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Popularity of Major as a first name

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Popularity of Major as a last name

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Common last names for Major

  • Williams
  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Harris
  • Davis
  • Green
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Lewis
  • Anderson
  • Wright

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Major U.S.
  White 61.06% 64.26%
  African American 32.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.53% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Major

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

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Fun Facts about the name Major

  • How Popular is the name Major? Major is the 1,971st most popular name of all time. As a last name Major was the 1,714th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Major have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,881 babies born with the first name Major in the United States. That's more than enough people named Major to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Major? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 28 new born babies.
  • When was Major first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Major is Monday, June 10th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Major born? The highest recorded use of the first name Major was in 2016 with a total of 975 babies.
  • Random Major Factoid: According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Major is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1946.
  • Weird things about the name Major: Your name in reverse order is Rojam. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jmroa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Major? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 20,977 people with the last name Major.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Major? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Major as their last name.

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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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