Noble

First Name
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in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Noble

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  • According to a user from Nigeria, the name Noble is of Unknown origin and means "An honorable person a person of high rank".
  • According to a user from Nigeria, the name Noble is of Unknown origin and means "Nobel".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective No"ble
Senses
  1. Possessing eminence, elevation, dignity, etc.; above whatever is low, mean, degrading, or dishonorable; magnanimous; as, a noble nature or action; a noble heart. "Statues, with winding ivy crowned, belong To nobler poets for a nobler song." [Dryden.]
  2. Grand; stately; magnificent; splendid; as, a noble edifice.
  3. Of exalted rank; of or pertaining to the nobility; distinguished from the masses by birth, station, or title; highborn; as, noble blood; a noble personage.
    synonyms: Honorable; worthy; dignified; elevated; exalted; superior; sublime; great; eminent; illustrious; renowned; stately; splendid; magnificent; grand; magnanimous; generous; liberal; free.

Note: Noble is used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, noble-born, noble-hearted, noble-minded.

Etymology: F. noble, fr. L. nobilis that can be or is known, well known, famous, highborn, noble, fr. noscere to know. See know

noun No"ble
Senses
  1. A person of rank above a commoner; a nobleman; a peer.
  2. An English money of account, and, formerly, a gold coin, of the value of 6 s. 8 d. sterling, or about $1.61 (in 1913).
  3. [Zoöl] A European fish; the lyrie.
verb No"ble
To make noble; to ennoble.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A titled peer of the realm
  2. Impressive in appearance ("a noble tree" and "severe-looking policemen sat astride noble horses")
  3. Having or showing or indicative of high or elevated character ("a noble spirit" and "noble deeds")
  4. Of or belonging to or constituting the hereditary aristocracy especially as derived from feudal times ("of noble birth")
  5. Inert especially toward oxygen ("a noble gas such as helium or neon" and "noble metals include gold and silver and platinum")
Wiktionary

From Middle English noble, from Old French noble, from Latin nobilis (“knowable, known, well-known, famous, celebrated, high-born, of noble birth, excellent”), from noscere, gnoscere (“to know”). Displaced native Middle English athel (“noble”) (from Old English æþele) and Middle English hathel, hathelle (“noble, nobleman”) (from the merger of Old English æþele (“nobleman”) and Old English hæleþ (“hero”)).

  1. An aristocrat; one of aristocratic blood. [from 14th c.]
    This country house was occupied by in the 16th century.
  2. (now historical) A medieval gold coin of England in the 14th and 15th centuries, usually valued at 6s 8d. [from 14th c.]

noble was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, German, Middle English, Middle French, Old French, Spanish, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Noble

Ray Price was a country music, western swing, and traditional pop music singing, songwriter, and guitarist. His career lasted from 1948 to 1948. Ray was given the name Noble Ray Price on January 12th, 1926 in Wood County, Texas. Ray is also known as The Cherokee Cowboy. He breathed his last breath on December 16th, 2013.

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Noble Willingham was an actor. His career lasted from 1951 to 2003. Noble was given the name Noble Henry Willingham, Jr. on August 31st, 1931 in Mineola, Wood County, Texas, U.S. He breathed his last breath on January 17th, 2004.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1915 to 1950. Noble was given the name Noble Mark Johnson on April 18th, 1881 in Marshall, Missouri. Noble is also known as Johnson and Noble Mark. He left this life on January 9th, 1978.

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Noble Leslie DeVotie was a pastor. Noble was born as the child of James H. DeVotie on January 24th, 1838 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He breathed his last breath on February 12th, 1861.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Noble

Redman is a hip hop music musician. His ongoing career started in 1990. Redman was given the name Reginald Noble on April 17th, 1970 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. Redman is also known as Funk Doctor Spock, Reggie Noble, and Soopaman Luva.

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Jamie Noble is a wrestler. Jamie was born on December 23rd, 1976 in Hanover, West Virginia.

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He has had major accomplishments since 1988. John was born on August 20th, 1948 in Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia.

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Chelsea Noble is an actress. She was most active from 1988 to 1988. Chelsea was given the name Nancy Mueller on December 4th, 1964 in Cheektowaga, New York, U.S. Chelsea is also known as Chelsea Noble Cameron.

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Mark Noble is a soccer player for the West Ham United F.C., Hull City A.F.C., Ipswich Town F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-18 football team. Mark was born on May 8th, 1987 in Canning Town, England.

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Ross Noble is an improvisational theatre, surreal humour, and observational comedy comedian. Ross was given the name Ross Markham Noble on June 5th, 1976 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, England.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 6 0 6
1881 26 0 26
1882 18 0 18
1883 15 0 15
1884 18 0 18
1885 17 0 17
1886 10 0 10
1887 15 0 15
1888 15 0 15
1889 24 0 24
1890 21 0 21
1891 19 0 19
1892 30 0 30
1893 15 0 15
1894 29 0 29
1895 28 0 28
1896 24 0 24
1897 19 0 19
1898 34 0 34
1899 28 0 28
1900 36 0 36
1901 33 0 33
1902 22 0 22
1903 29 0 29
1904 21 0 21
1905 29 0 29
1906 33 0 33
1907 22 0 22
1908 40 0 40
1909 36 5 31
1910 44 0 44
1911 53 8 45
1912 71 0 71
1913 98 5 93
1914 128 9 119
1915 148 7 141
1916 169 11 158
1917 155 8 147
1918 202 17 185
1919 203 13 190
1920 203 7 196
1921 181 20 161
1922 168 16 152
1923 153 7 146
1924 150 12 138
1925 177 13 164
1926 161 10 151
1927 144 0 144
1928 132 5 127
1929 113 9 104
1930 120 7 113
1931 102 6 96
1932 98 8 90
1933 93 0 93
1934 92 5 87
1935 91 5 86
1936 89 0 89
1937 90 6 84
1938 89 7 82
1939 79 8 71
1940 86 7 79
1941 63 0 63
1942 93 0 93
1943 81 0 81
1944 83 5 78
1945 66 5 61
1946 71 0 71
1947 76 5 71
1948 79 0 79
1949 67 0 67
1950 67 0 67
1951 56 0 56
1952 56 0 56
1953 66 0 66
1954 70 11 59
1955 51 0 51
1956 42 0 42
1957 48 0 48
1958 54 0 54
1959 43 0 43
1960 40 0 40
1961 41 0 41
1962 41 0 41
1963 47 5 42
1964 40 0 40
1965 34 0 34
1966 36 0 36
1967 26 0 26
1968 37 0 37
1969 32 0 32
1970 37 0 37
1971 33 0 33
1972 29 0 29
1973 46 0 46
1974 17 0 17
1975 30 0 30
1976 20 0 20
1977 22 0 22
1978 26 0 26
1979 28 0 28
1980 27 0 27
1981 25 0 25
1982 28 0 28
1983 26 0 26
1984 12 0 12
1985 27 0 27
1986 15 0 15
1987 21 0 21
1988 27 0 27
1989 29 0 29
1990 26 0 26
1991 33 0 33
1992 29 0 29
1993 29 0 29
1994 33 0 33
1995 49 5 44
1996 39 0 39
1997 47 0 47
1998 51 0 51
1999 63 0 63
2000 48 0 48
2001 72 0 72
2002 82 5 77
2003 64 0 64
2004 62 5 57
2005 74 6 68
2006 59 0 59
2007 72 0 72
2008 88 0 88
2009 78 7 71
2010 96 0 96
2011 92 0 92
2012 123 6 117
2013 121 7 114
2014 141 11 130
2015 156 11 145
2016 156 15 141
2017 172 17 155

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Popularity of Noble as a first name

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Popularity of Noble as a last name

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Common last names for Noble

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  • Hill
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Noble U.S.
  White 77.69% 64.26%
  African American 14.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.65% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.74% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Noble

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

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Fun Facts about the name Noble

  • What name lists does Noble rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Noble? Noble is the 2,695th most popular name of all time. As a last name Noble was the 829th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Noble have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,880 babies born with the first name Noble in the United States. That's more than enough people named Noble 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 Noble? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Noble first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Noble is Monday, December 6th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Noble born? The highest recorded use of the first name Noble was in 1920 with a total of 196 babies.
  • Random Noble Factoid: According to the 1925 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Noble is not a popular baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 14 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1925.
  • Weird things about the name Noble: Your name in reverse order is Elbon. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Neblo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Noble? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 41,667 people with the last name Noble.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Noble? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 14 of them will have Noble 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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