Mister

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604
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Mister

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mis"ter
A title of courtesy prefixed to the name of a man or youth. It is usually written in the abbreviated form Mr.

Etymology: See Master, and cf. Mistress

verb Mis"ter
To address or mention by the title Mr.; as, he mistered me in a formal way.
noun Mis"ter
Senses
  1. A trade, art, or occupation.(Obs)"In youth he learned had a good mester." [Chaucer.]
  2. Manner; kind; sort.(Obs)"But telleth me what mester men ye be." [Chaucer.]
  3. Need; necessity.(Obs)

Etymology: OF. mistier trade, office, ministry, need, F. métier trade, fr. L. ministerium service, office, ministry. See Ministry Mystery trade

verb Mis"ter
To be needful or of use.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A form of address for a man
Wiktionary

Unaccented variant of master, attested since the 15th century.

  1. A title conferred on an adult male, usually when the name is unknown. Also (often parent to young child) referring to a man whose name is unknown.
    You may sit here, .
  2. Said in a disapproving tone, a title referring to a man in the middle of a scolding or an argument, or to a boy who has done something wrong.

From Anglo-Norman mester, meister (et al.), from Latin misterium, a medieval conflation of Latin ministerium (“ministry”) with Latin mysterium (“mystery”).

  1. (obsolete) Someone's business or function; an occupation, employment, trade.
  2. (now rare, dialectal) A kind, type of.
  3. (obsolete) Need (of something).
  4. (obsolete) Necessity; the necessary time.

mist +‎ -er.

  1. A device that makes or sprays mist.
    Odessa D. uses a Sunday to fight the 106-degree heat at a NASCAR race in Fontana, California.

    mister was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Swedish

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

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1971 7 0 7
    1972 5 0 5
    1973 8 0 8
    1974 15 0 15
    1975 10 0 10
    1976 13 0 13
    1977 9 0 9
    1978 10 0 10
    1980 12 0 12
    1981 14 0 14
    1982 7 0 7
    1983 8 0 8
    1984 6 0 6
    1985 8 0 8
    1986 12 0 12
    1987 5 0 5
    1988 13 0 13
    1989 13 0 13
    1990 17 0 17
    1991 19 0 19
    1992 10 0 10
    1993 21 0 21
    1994 10 0 10
    1995 15 0 15
    1996 17 0 17
    1997 9 0 9
    1998 16 0 16
    1999 10 0 10
    2000 19 0 19
    2001 13 0 13
    2002 19 0 19
    2003 8 0 8
    2004 9 0 9
    2005 15 0 15
    2006 12 0 12
    2007 13 0 13
    2008 14 0 14
    2009 13 0 13
    2010 18 0 18
    2011 18 0 18
    2012 12 0 12
    2013 19 0 19
    2014 21 0 21
    2015 26 0 26
    2016 18 0 18
    2017 18 0 18

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Mister U.S.
      White 34.43% 64.26%
      African American 61.85% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.98% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.32% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Mister

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Mister

    • How Popular is the name Mister? Mister is the 14,493rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Mister was the 21,553rd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Mister have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 604 babies born with the first name Mister in the United States. That's more than enough people named Mister to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Mister? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Mister first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Mister is Sunday, May 16th, 1875.
    • What year had the most people named Mister born? The highest recorded use of the first name Mister was in 2015 with a total of 26 babies.
    • Random Mister Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Mister is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2013.
    • Weird things about the name Mister: Your name in reverse order is Retsim. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Iemtsr. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Mister? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,211 people with the last name Mister.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mister? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mister as their last name since less than 1 person in 244k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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