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Origin and Meaning of Nur

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  • A submission from Singapore says the name Nur means "Light" and is of Arabic origin.
  • A submission from Singapore says the name Nur means "Shining light(angel)" and is of Arabic origin.
  • A submission from Ethiopia says the name Nur means "Light" and is of Arabic origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Nur
A hard knot in wood; also, a hard knob of wood used by boys in playing hockey.

Etymology: Cf. Knur

Notable Persons Named Nur

Nur Jahan was royalty. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1620 to 1627. Nur was born as the child of Mirza Ghiyas Beg on May 31st, 1577 in Kandahar, present-day Afghanistan. She passed away on December 17th, 1645.


Nur Misuari is a Chairman of the Central Committee of the Moro National Liberation Front, President of the Bangsamoro Republik, President of theBangsamoro Republik(Unrecognized), and 3rd Governor of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. His most notable accomplishments were from 2013 to 2013. Nur was born on March 3rd, 1939 in Tapul, Sulu.


Nur ad-Din is a monarch. He holds the title Emir of Damascus and Aleppo. His career lasted from 1146 to 1174.


Nur Muhammad Taraki was an office holder. Nur was born on July 15th, 1917 in Nawa District. He passed away on September 14th, 1979.


Nur Fettahoğlu is an actor, television presenter, fashion design, actress, and fashion designer. Nur was given the name Asiye Nur Fettahoğlu on November 12th, 1980 in Duisburg.


Nur was given the name Nur Fathia Binti Abdul Latiff on September 1st, 1987 in Ayer Itam, Penang, Malaysia.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Nur

Future the Prince is a hip hop music, rhythm, and blues record producer and manager. Future was given the name Adel Nur .


Atta Mohammad Nur is a List of governors of Balkh and Afghanistan. Atta was born in Balkh Province, Afghanistan.


Abdul was born in 1968.


Mohamed Nur is a Mayor of Mogadishu and MayorofMogadishu. Mohamed was born in Somalia. Mohamed is also known as Tarsan/Tarzan.


Rıza Nur was a surgeon, politician, and writer. Rıza was born on August 30th, 1879 in Sinop, Turkey. They passed away on September 8th, 1942.


Muhterem Nur is an actress and pop singer. She was most active from 1951 to present. Muhterem was given the name Aysel Muhterem Kısa on December 31st, 1932 in Manastır, Yugoslavia.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1981 5 0 5
1986 5 5 0
1987 7 7 0
1989 15 10 5
1990 12 12 0
1991 12 12 0
1992 8 8 0
1993 8 8 0
1994 12 12 0
1995 17 17 0
1996 24 18 6
1997 19 14 5
1998 13 13 0
1999 13 13 0
2000 15 15 0
2001 17 17 0
2002 19 11 8
2003 18 10 8
2004 22 16 6
2005 15 15 0
2006 20 12 8
2007 22 17 5
2008 16 10 6
2009 23 11 12
2010 14 9 5
2011 7 7 0
2012 15 9 6
2013 11 5 6
2014 20 13 7
2015 25 12 13
2016 32 20 12
2017 37 22 15
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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Popularity of Nur as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nur U.S.
  White 4.52% 64.26%
  African American 84.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 7.08% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.33% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.34% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nur

People with the last name Nur are most frequently African American

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Fun Facts about the name Nur

  • How Popular is the name Nur? Nur is the 15,965th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nur was the 15,857th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nur have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 518 babies born with the first name Nur in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nur 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 Nur? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1981 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Nur first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nur is Tuesday, June 28th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Nur born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nur was in 2017 with a total of 22 babies.
  • Random Nur Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nur is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Nur: Your name in reverse order is Run. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nru. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nur? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,835 people with the last name Nur.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nur? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nur as their last name since less than 1 person in 161k 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)
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.