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Origin and Meaning of Mourning

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  • According to a user from Missouri, United States, the name Mourning is of Unknown origin and means "River mourne".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Mourn"ing
  1. The act of sorrowing or expressing grief; lamentation; sorrow.
  2. Garb, drapery, or emblems indicative of grief, esp. clothing or a badge of somber black."The houses to their tops with black were spread, And ev'n the pavements were with mourning hid." [Dryden.]

Etymology: AS. murnung

adjective Mourn"ing
  1. Grieving; sorrowing; lamenting.
  2. Employed to express sorrow or grief; worn or used as appropriate to the condition of one bereaved or sorrowing; as, mourning garments; a mourning ring; a mourning pin, and the like.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The passionate and demonstrative activity of expressing grief
  2. State of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one
  3. Sorrowful through loss or deprivation
  1. The act of expressing or feeling sorrow or regret; lamentation.
  2. Feeling or expressing sorrow over someone's death.
  3. The traditional clothes worn by those who mourn (in Western societies, typically coloured black).
  4. Drapes or coverings associated with mourning.

Notable Persons Named Mourning

Mourning was born in 1888 in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She left this life in 1936.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Mourning

Alonzo Mourning is a basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, and Brooklyn Nets. His career lasted from 1992 to 2008. Alonzo was born on February 8th, 1970 in Chesapeake, Virginia.


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Popularity of Mourning as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Mourning U.S.
  White 62.86% 64.26%
  African American 29.78% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Mourning

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

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Fun Facts about the name Mourning

  • How Popular is the name Mourning? As a last name Mourning was the 29,793rd most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Mourning first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Mourning is Friday, June 15th, 1877.
  • How unique is the name Mourning? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Mourning. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Mourning: Your name in reverse order is Gninruom. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ignnumro. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Mourning? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 789 people with the last name Mourning.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Mourning? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Mourning as their last name since less than 1 person in 370k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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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