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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Means

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  1. Thing or person that acts to produce a particular effect or achieve an end ("a means of control")
  2. An instrumentality for accomplishing some end
  3. Considerable capital (wealth or income) ("he is a man of means")

See mean (“method or course of action used to achieve some result”).

  1. plural of mean
  2. (countable, singular and plural) An instrument or condition for attaining a purpose.
    She treated him as a to an end.
    A car is a of transport.
  3. (uncountable, plural only) Resources; riches.
    a person of ;   independent
    He was living beyond his .

means was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Means

Means Wilkinson was a Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives, and Member of theArkansas House of Representatives. Means was born on October 7th, 1906 in Greenwood, Arkansas. He breathed his last breath on November 11th, 1991.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Means

Russell Means was an activist, politician, actor, writer, musician, and activism. He was most prominent from 1968 to 2012. Russell was given the name Russell Charles Means on November 10th, 1939 in Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He breathed his last breath on October 22nd, 2012.


Tim was born on February 20th, 1984 in Wilburton, Oklahoma, United States.


Carey Means is a voice artist, actor, and voice acting.


Tsianina Joelson is an actress/model. She has had major accomplishments since 1998. Tsianina was given the name Tsianina Marie Means on January 16th, 1975 in Coquille, Oregon. Tsianina is also known as Tsianina Lohmann.


Butch Cassidy is a g-funk, gangsta rap, west coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop, and new jack swing singing. His most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Butch was given the name Danny Means .


Gaston Means is a private detective, salesman, bootlegger, forger, swindler, murder suspect, blackmailer, con artist, private investigator, sales, forgery, charlatan, blackmail, and confidence trick. Gaston was given the name Gaston Bullock Means on July 11th, 1879 in Concord, North Carolina.


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Popularity of Means as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Means U.S.
  White 64.24% 64.26%
  African American 28.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.56% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.62% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.42% 16.26%

Of Last Name Means

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

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Fun Facts about the name Means

  • How Popular is the name Means? As a last name Means was the 2,247th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Means first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Means is Tuesday, August 25th, 1891.
  • How unique is the name Means? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Means. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Means: Your name in reverse order is Snaem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Emasn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Means? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,203 people with the last name Means.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Means? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Means as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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