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First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Night" mean? The list below shows the origins of Night as well as things modernly associated with the name Night such as celebrities named Night.

Origin and Meaning of Night

"Night" is a name of American origin, and it means "Evening". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Night
  1. That part of the natural day when the sun is beneath the horizon, or the time from sunset to sunrise; esp., the time between dusk and dawn, when there is no light of the sun, but only moonlight, starlight, or artificial light."And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night." [Gen. i. 5.]
    1. Darkness; obscurity; concealment.
      "Nature and nature's laws lay hid in night." [Pope.]
    2. Intellectual and moral darkness; ignorance.
    3. A state of affliction; adversity; as, a dreary night of sorrow.
    4. The period after the close of life; death.
      "She closed her eyes in everlasting night." [Dryden.]
      "Do not go gentle into that good night Rage, rage against the dying of the light." [Dylan Thomas.]
    5. A lifeless or unenlivened period, as when nature seems to sleep.
      "Sad winter's night "

Note: Night is sometimes used, esp. with participles, in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, night-blooming, night-born, night-warbling, etc.

Etymology: OE. night niht, AS. neaht niht; akin to D. nacht, OS. & OHG. naht, G. nacht, Icel. nōtt, Sw. natt, Dan. nat, Goth. nahts, Lith. naktis, Russ. noche, W. nos, Ir. nochd, L. nox noctis, Gr. ny`x nykto`s, Skr. nakta nakti. √265. Cf. Equinox Nocturnal

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Roman goddess of night; daughter of Erebus; counterpart of Greek Nyx
  2. Darkness ("it vanished into the night")
  3. The dark part of the diurnal cycle considered a time unit ("three nights later he collapsed")
  4. The time after sunset and before sunrise while it is dark outside
  5. The time between sunset and midnight ("he watched television every night")
  6. The period spent sleeping ("I had a restless night")
  7. A period of ignorance or backwardness or gloom
  8. A shortening of nightfall ("they worked from morning to night")

From Middle English night, nyght, niȝt, naht, from Old English niht, neht, nyht, neaht, næht (“night”), from Proto-Germanic *nahts (“night”), from Proto-Indo-European *nókʷts (“night”). Cognate with Scots nicht, neicht (“night”), West Frisian nacht (“night”), Dutch nacht (“night”), Low German Nacht (“night”), German Nacht (“night”), Danish nat (“night”), Swedish and Norwegian natt (“night”), Icelandic nótt (“night”), Latin nox (“night”), Greek νύχτα (nýchta, “night”).

  1. (countable) The period between sunset and sunrise, when a location faces far away from the sun, thus when the sky is dark.
    How do you sleep at when you attack your kids like that!?
  2. (countable) An evening or night spent at a particular activity.
    a on the town
  3. (countable) A night (and part of the days before and after it) spent in a hotel or other accommodation.
    We stayed at the Hilton for five .
  4. (uncountable) Nightfall.
    from noon till
  5. (uncountable) Darkness.
    The cat disappeared into the .
  6. (uncountable) A dark blue colour, midnight blue.
  7. (sports, colloquial) A night's worth of competitions, generally one game.

night was also found in the following language(s): Italian and Middle English

Notable Persons With the Name Night

Night Nurse is a comics character.


Night Raven is a comics character.


Night Eagle is a comics character.


Night Hawk is a famed human.


Night Man is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Night

Candice Night is a medieval folk rock, folk rock, hard rock, and new-age music musician. She plays Shawm, Rauschpfeife, Tin whistle, Hurdy-gurdy, Recorder (musical instrument), Cornamuse, Gemshorn, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Candice was given the name Candice Lauren Isralow on May 8th, 1971 in Hauppauge, New York.


Werewolf by Night is a comics character.


Rebecca Night is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2005. Rebecca was given the name Rebecca Hardwick on July 13th, 1985 in Poole.


Vampire by Night is a comics character.


Julie Night is an important individual. Julie was born on July 2nd, 1978 in Long Beach, California.


Silvia Night is a pop, dance, electronica, rock, r&b, dance music, electronic dance music, and contemporary r&b musician. She was most active from 2005 to 2005. Silvia was given the name Silvía Nótt Sæmundsdóttir .


Where is the name Night popular?

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Popularity of Night as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Night U.S.
  White 59.80% 64.26%
  African American 18.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 9.48% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 7.19% 16.26%

Of Last Name Night

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

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Night

  • How Popular is the name Night? As a last name Night was the 64,891st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Night first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Night is Monday, November 30th, -0001.
  • How unique is the name Night? From 1880 to 2015 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Night. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Night: Your name in reverse order is Thgin. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nghit. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Night? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 306 people with the last name Night.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Night? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Night as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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What does the name Night mean?

Nis for normal, step outside of the box!

Iis for immense, are your great qualities

Gis for glow, the warmth of your smile.

His for hero, as you appear to many.

Tis for tough, for you are not easily broken

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  • Sources:
  • 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.