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Origin and Meaning of Minor

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective mi"nor
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  1. Inferior in bulk, degree, importance, etc.; less; smaller; of little account; as, minor divisions of a body.
  2. [Mus] Less by a semitone in interval or difference of pitch; as, a minor third.

Etymology: L., a comparative with no positive; akin to AS. min small, G. minder less, OHG. minniro, a., min, adv., Icel. minni, a., minnr, adv., Goth. minniza, a., mins, adv., Ir. & Gael. min small, tender, L. minuere to lessen, Gr. miny`qein, Skr. mi to damage. Cf. Minish Minister Minus Minute

noun Mi"nor
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  1. A person of either sex who has not attained the age at which full civil rights are accorded; an infant; in England and the United States, one under twenty-one years of age.
  2. [Logic] The minor term, that is, the subject of the conclusion; also, the minor premise, that is, that premise which contains the minor term; in hypothetical syllogisms, the categorical premise. It is the second proposition of a regular syllogism, as in the following: Every act of injustice partakes of meanness; to take money from another by gaming is an act of injustice; therefore, the taking of money from another by gaming partakes of meanness.
  3. A Minorite; a Franciscan friar.

Note: ☞ In hereditary monarchies, the minority of a sovereign ends at an earlier age than of a subject. The minority of a sovereign of Great Britain ends upon the completion of the eighteenth year of his age.

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  1. A young person of either sex
  2. Have as one's secondary field of study ("in collee she minored in mathematics")
  3. Relatively moderate, limited, or small
  4. Inferior in number or size or amount ("a minor share of the profits" and "Ursa Minor")
  5. Lesser in scope or effect ("had minor differences" and "a minor disturbance")
  6. Not of legal age ("minor children")
  7. (of a scale or mode) having half steps between the second and third degrees, and (usually) the fifth and sixth degrees, and the seventh and eighth degrees ("the minor keys" and "in B flat minor")
  8. Of your secondary field of academic concentration or specialization
  9. Of lesser importance or stature or rank ("a minor poet", "had a minor part in the play", "a minor official", "many of these hardy adventurers were minor noblemen", and "minor back roads")
  10. Of lesser seriousness or danger ("suffered only minor injuries", "some minor flooding", and "a minor tropical disturbance")
  11. Warranting only temporal punishment
  12. Of the younger of two boys with the same family name ("Jones minor")
Wiktionary

From Latin minor (“rather small”)

  1. A person who is below the legal age of majority, consent, criminal responsibility or other adult responsibilities and accountabilities.
    It is illegal to sell weapons to under the age of eighteen.
  2. A subject area of secondary concentration of a student at a college or university, or the student who has chosen such a secondary concentration.
  3. (mathematics) determinant of a square submatrix
  4. (British slang, dated) A younger brother (especially at a public school).
  5. (zoology) A small worker in a leaf-cutter ant colony, sized between a minim and a media.

minor was also found in the following language(s): Interlingua, Italian, Latin, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Minor

Minor Martin White was an artist in the field of photography. Minor was given the name Minor White on July 9th, 1908 in Minneapolis. He breathed his last breath on June 24th, 1976.

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Minor Watson was a film, television, theatre, actor, tv, and stageactor. He was most prominent from 1922 to 1959. Minor was born on December 22nd, 1889 in Marianna, Arkansas. He passed away on July 28th, 1965.

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Minor López is an athlete for the Atlético Clube de Portugal, Club Xelajú MC, Deportes Naval, Deportes La Serena, Deportivo Marquense, C.S.D. Comunicaciones, Guatemala national under-20 football team, and Guatemala national football team. Minor was born on February 1st, 1987 in Quetzaltenango.

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Minor was born in 1806. She passed away in 1855.

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Minor was born on March 2nd, 1897. Minor is also known as Hall and Ram. He passed away on October 16th, 1959.

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Minor J. Coon is a in the field of biochemistry. Minor was born in Englewood, Colorado.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Minor

Fort Minor is an alternative hip hop and rap rock musician. They were most prominent from 2004 to 2006.

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Octavia Minor is royalty. Octavia was born as the child of Gaius Octavius (praetor 61 BC) and Atia Balba Caesonia in Nola.

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William was born in 1834 in Sri Lanka. He left this life on March 26th, 1920.

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Mike Minor was an actor, singing, and singer. He was most prominent from 1962 to 2005. Mike was given the name Michael Fedderson by his parent Don Fedderson on December 7th, 1940 in San Francisco, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 28th, 2016.

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Jerry Minor is an actor/comedian/writer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Jerry was given the name Jerry C. Minor on October 4th, 1969 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Antonia Minor is royalty. Antonia was born as the child of Mark Antony and Octavia the Younger in Athens.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 21 0 21
1881 14 0 14
1882 9 0 9
1883 10 0 10
1884 16 0 16
1885 9 0 9
1886 18 0 18
1887 14 0 14
1888 12 0 12
1889 6 0 6
1890 14 0 14
1891 8 0 8
1892 17 0 17
1893 16 0 16
1894 12 0 12
1895 7 0 7
1896 11 0 11
1897 10 0 10
1900 8 0 8
1901 6 0 6
1902 9 0 9
1903 8 0 8
1905 9 0 9
1906 9 0 9
1907 15 0 15
1908 5 0 5
1909 10 0 10
1910 11 0 11
1911 11 0 11
1912 24 0 24
1913 17 0 17
1914 31 0 31
1915 30 0 30
1916 34 0 34
1917 41 0 41
1918 41 0 41
1919 34 0 34
1920 42 0 42
1921 37 0 37
1922 39 0 39
1923 44 6 38
1924 39 6 33
1925 42 0 42
1926 24 0 24
1927 35 0 35
1928 17 0 17
1929 25 0 25
1930 24 0 24
1931 22 0 22
1932 24 0 24
1933 23 0 23
1934 20 0 20
1935 22 0 22
1936 22 0 22
1937 16 0 16
1938 14 0 14
1939 19 0 19
1940 20 0 20
1941 17 0 17
1942 30 0 30
1943 21 0 21
1944 25 0 25
1945 21 0 21
1946 15 0 15
1947 11 0 11
1948 18 0 18
1949 25 0 25
1950 13 0 13
1951 21 0 21
1952 11 0 11
1953 10 0 10
1954 14 0 14
1955 15 0 15
1956 21 0 21
1957 12 0 12
1958 6 0 6
1959 10 0 10
1960 5 0 5
1961 12 0 12
1962 10 0 10
1963 9 0 9
1964 16 0 16
1965 10 0 10
1966 7 0 7
1967 9 0 9
1969 9 0 9
1970 12 0 12
1971 9 0 9
1972 6 0 6
1973 5 0 5
1974 10 0 10
1976 6 0 6
1977 8 0 8
1978 9 0 9
1982 5 0 5
1983 6 0 6
1984 5 0 5
1987 5 0 5
1991 8 0 8
1992 8 0 8
1995 6 0 6
1996 6 0 6
2000 7 0 7
2002 7 0 7
2003 6 0 6
2005 9 0 9
2006 10 0 10
2007 9 0 9
2008 5 0 5
2010 5 0 5
2013 6 0 6
2014 6 0 6
2015 5 0 5
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Popularity of Minor as a first name

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Popularity of Minor as a last name

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Common last names for Minor

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Davis
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • Taylor
  • Wells

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Minor U.S.
  White 55.00% 64.26%
  African American 37.16% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.81% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.21% 16.26%

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

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Fun Facts about the name Minor

  • How Popular is the name Minor? Minor is the 7,407th most popular name of all time. As a last name Minor was the 1,145th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Minor have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,739 babies born with the first name Minor in the United States. That's more than enough people named Minor to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Minor? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 21 new born babies.
  • When was Minor first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Minor is Tuesday, April 16th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Minor born? The highest recorded use of the first name Minor was in 1920 with a total of 42 babies.
  • Random Minor Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Minor is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1919.
  • Weird things about the name Minor: Your name in reverse order is Ronim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rimno. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Minor? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 30,702 people with the last name Minor.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Minor? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Minor as their last name.

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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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