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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Memphis

"Memphis" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Established and beautiful". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An ancient city of Egypt on the Nile (south of Cairo)
  2. Largest city of Tennessee; located in southwestern Tennessee on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River

From Latin Memphis, Ancient Greek Μέμφις (Mémphis), from Egyptian mn nfr.

  1. A city of ancient Egypt.
  2. The largest city in the state of Tennessee
  3. The name of several towns or cities in the US.

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

Notable Persons Named Memphis

Memphis Depay is a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., Sparta Rotterdam, PSV Eindhoven, and Netherlands national under-17 football team. Memphis was born on February 13th, 1994 in Moordrecht.


Eve Hewson is an actress. She was most prominent from 2008 to present. Eve was given the name Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson on July 7th, 1991 in Dublin.


Memphis Bleek is a hip hop music actor, rapping, and record producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Memphis was given the name Malik Cox on June 23rd, 1978.


Memphis Minnie was a blues guitarist, singing, and songwriter. She plays Guitar, electric guitar, bass, banjo, drums, Bass guitar, and Drum. Her career lasted from 1920 to 1950. Memphis was given the name Lizzie Douglas on June 3rd, 1897 in Algiers, Louisiana, United States. Memphis is also known as Kid Douglas and Minnie Lawlars. She breathed her last breath on August 6th, 1973.


Memphis Slim was a blues musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1930 to 1980. Memphis was given the name John Len Chatman on September 3rd, 1915 in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Memphis is also known as Peter Chatman. He died on February 24th, 1988.


Memphis is a mythological figure.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Memphis

Memphis is a mythological figure.


Ricky Memphis is an actor. Ricky was given the name Riccardo Fortunati on August 29th, 1968 in Rome.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1915 5 5 0
1916 8 0 8
1918 8 0 8
1920 5 0 5
1921 7 0 7
1922 7 0 7
1923 10 0 10
1925 6 0 6
1928 5 0 5
1929 7 0 7
1930 5 0 5
1937 7 0 7
1940 5 0 5
1941 6 0 6
1946 6 0 6
1994 6 6 0
1996 6 6 0
1997 5 0 5
2000 18 6 12
2001 144 31 113
2002 171 19 152
2003 171 36 135
2004 181 31 150
2005 185 33 152
2006 248 47 201
2007 323 52 271
2008 427 78 349
2009 514 86 428
2010 469 63 406
2011 393 78 315
2012 361 58 303
2013 469 82 387
2014 472 104 368
2015 503 104 399
2016 520 92 428

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Popularity of Memphis as a first name

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Common last names for Memphis

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Fun Facts about the name Memphis

  • How Popular is the name Memphis? Memphis is the 3,426th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Memphis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,683 babies born with the first name Memphis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Memphis to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Memphis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Memphis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Memphis is Wednesday, March 15th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Memphis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Memphis was in 2009 with a total of 428 babies.
  • Random Memphis Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Memphis is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Memphis: Your name in reverse order is Sihpmem. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eimpmhs. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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