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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Napoleon mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Napoleon

"Napoleon" is a name of French origin, and it means "Person from Naples, Italy". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
Napoleon Bonaparte (or Buonaparte), Born at Ajaccio, Corsica, Aug. 15, 1766, or, according to some, at Corte, Jan. 7, 1768; died at Longwood, St. Helena, May 5, 1821. Emperor of the French 1804-14.
noun Na*po"le*on
Senses
  1. A French gold coin of twenty francs, no longer minted or circulated. It bore the portrait of Napoleon I. or Napoleon III.
  2. [Card Playing]
    1. A game in which each player holds five cards, the eldest hand stating the number of tricks he will bid to take, any subsequent player having the right to overbid him or a previous bidder, the highest bidder naming the trump and winning a number of points equal to his bid if he makes so many tricks, or losing the same number of points if he fails to make them.
    2. A bid to take five tricks at napoleon. It is ordinarily the highest bid; but sometimes bids are allowed of wellington, or of blucher, to take five tricks, or pay double, or treble, if unsuccessful.
  3. A Napoleon gun.
  4. A kind of top boot of the middle of the 19th century.
  5. A shape and size of cigar. It is about seven inches long.
  6. a puff pastry confection, usually layered, with a filling of custard or cream, or sometimes jelly.

Etymology: From the Emperor Napoleon 1

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A card game similar to whist; usually played for stakes
  2. A rectangular piece of pastry with thin flaky layers and filled with custard cream
  3. French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)
Wiktionary

French Napoléon, from Italian Napoleone, name of an early saint, of uncertain origin; possibly from the Germanic clan name Nibelung. By folk etymology explained as Napoli (“Naples”) + leone (“lion”).

  1. Napoleon Bonaparte.
  2. A male given name sometimes given in honor of the French emperor.
  3. Alternative form of napoleon in its various senses

Napoleon was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Faroese, and German

Notable Persons Named Napoleon

Napoleon was royalty. He was most prominent from 1804 to 1814. Napoleon was born as the child of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino on August 15th, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France. He passed away on May 5th, 1821.

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Napoleon III was royalty. He was most prominent from 1852 to 1852. Napoleon was born as the child of Louis Bonaparte and Hortense de Beauharnais on April 20th, 1808 in Paris. He died on January 9th, 1873.

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Napoleon Hill was a non-fiction and self-help author, journalist, sales, and lecturer. His career lasted from 1928 to 1970. Napoleon was born on October 26th, 1883 in Pound, Virginia. He left this life on November 8th, 1970.

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Napoleon II was royalty. He was most active from 1814 to 1814. Napoleon was born as the child of Napoleon, Marie Louise, and Duchess of Parma on March 20th, 1811 in Tuileries Palace. He died on July 22nd, 1832.

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Napoleon Solo is a fictional character.

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Napoleon Bonaparte is an elba. Their military service ended in 1815.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Napoleon

Napoleon was royalty. He was most prominent from 1804 to 1814. Napoleon was born as the child of Carlo Buonaparte and Letizia Ramolino on August 15th, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica, France. He passed away on May 5th, 1821.

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Charles Napoléon is royalty. He holds the title Prince Napoléon. His ongoing career started in 1997. Charles was born as the child of Louis, Prince Napoléon, Alix, and Princess Napoléon on October 19th, 1950 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

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Jose Maria Napoleon is a latin pop singing and songwriter. He plays Piano, Guitar, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1970. Jose was given the name José María Napoleón Ruiz Narváez on August 18th, 1948.

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Benny N. Napoleon is a Sheriff of Wayne County and Michigan. Benny was born in 1952 in Detroit.

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Randy Napoleon is a jazz musician. He plays Guitar. Randy was born on May 30th, 1978 in Brooklyn.

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Marty Napoleon was a jazz musician. Marty was born on June 2nd, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He left this life on April 27th, 2015.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 31 0 31
1881 25 0 25
1882 29 0 29
1883 22 0 22
1884 28 0 28
1885 26 0 26
1886 32 0 32
1887 32 0 32
1888 22 0 22
1889 20 0 20
1890 25 0 25
1891 24 0 24
1892 22 0 22
1893 23 0 23
1894 22 0 22
1895 27 0 27
1896 22 0 22
1897 23 0 23
1898 19 0 19
1899 20 0 20
1900 32 0 32
1901 24 0 24
1902 23 0 23
1903 16 0 16
1904 11 0 11
1905 25 0 25
1906 14 0 14
1907 24 0 24
1908 35 0 35
1909 35 0 35
1910 44 0 44
1911 48 0 48
1912 56 0 56
1913 74 0 74
1914 78 0 78
1915 102 0 102
1916 98 0 98
1917 79 0 79
1918 109 0 109
1919 109 0 109
1920 96 0 96
1921 117 0 117
1922 96 0 96
1923 112 0 112
1924 116 0 116
1925 111 0 111
1926 122 0 122
1927 99 5 94
1928 76 0 76
1929 96 0 96
1930 80 0 80
1931 74 0 74
1932 99 0 99
1933 85 0 85
1934 79 0 79
1935 93 0 93
1936 73 0 73
1937 67 0 67
1938 73 0 73
1939 75 0 75
1940 58 0 58
1941 60 0 60
1942 81 0 81
1943 70 0 70
1944 64 0 64
1945 60 0 60
1946 60 0 60
1947 84 0 84
1948 79 0 79
1949 85 0 85
1950 78 0 78
1951 89 0 89
1952 99 0 99
1953 84 0 84
1954 102 0 102
1955 121 0 121
1956 78 0 78
1957 72 0 72
1958 88 0 88
1959 89 0 89
1960 75 0 75
1961 76 0 76
1962 72 0 72
1963 69 0 69
1964 69 0 69
1965 83 0 83
1966 97 0 97
1967 89 0 89
1968 75 0 75
1969 90 0 90
1970 62 0 62
1971 54 0 54
1972 70 0 70
1973 54 0 54
1974 49 0 49
1975 56 0 56
1976 39 0 39
1977 52 0 52
1978 42 0 42
1979 48 0 48
1980 52 0 52
1981 54 0 54
1982 47 0 47
1983 45 0 45
1984 46 0 46
1985 53 0 53
1986 50 0 50
1987 68 0 68
1988 49 0 49
1989 67 0 67
1990 55 0 55
1991 41 0 41
1992 46 0 46
1993 36 0 36
1994 37 0 37
1995 38 0 38
1996 32 0 32
1997 35 0 35
1998 40 0 40
1999 28 0 28
2000 44 0 44
2001 42 0 42
2002 29 0 29
2003 33 0 33
2004 30 0 30
2005 31 0 31
2006 28 0 28
2007 32 0 32
2008 23 0 23
2009 19 0 19
2010 23 0 23
2011 20 0 20
2012 19 0 19
2013 37 0 37
2014 17 0 17
2015 18 0 18
2016 13 0 13
2017 15 0 15

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Napoleon U.S.
  White 31.67% 64.26%
  African American 42.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.72% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 3.05% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.51% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 9.15% 16.26%

Of Last Name Napoleon

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

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Fun Facts about the name Napoleon

  • What name lists does Napoleon rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Napoleon? Napoleon is the 2,925th most popular name of all time. As a last name Napoleon was the 11,928th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Napoleon have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,683 babies born with the first name Napoleon in the United States. That's more than enough people named Napoleon to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Napoleon? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 31 new born babies.
  • When was Napoleon first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Napoleon is Monday, December 23rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Napoleon born? The highest recorded use of the first name Napoleon was in 1926 with a total of 122 babies.
  • Random Napoleon Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Napoleon is not a popular baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Napoleon: Your name in reverse order is Noelopan. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elpnoaon. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Napoleon? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,624 people with the last name Napoleon.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Napoleon? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Napoleon as their last name since less than 1 person in 112k 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).
  • 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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