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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ocean

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  • A submission from Trinidad and Tobago says the name Ocean means "A loving daughter" and is of Unknown origin.
  • According to a user from Canada, the name Ocean is of Unknown origin and means "I love you".
Other origins: Eritrea and African

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun O"cean
  1. The whole body of salt water which covers more than three fifths of the surface of the globe; -- called also the sea, or great sea."Like the odor of brine from the ocean Comes the thought of other years." [Longfellow.]
  2. One of the large bodies of water into which the great ocean is regarded as divided, as the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic oceans.
  3. An immense expanse; any vast space or quantity without apparent limits; as, the boundless ocean of eternity; an ocean of affairs. "You're gonna need an ocean Of calamine lotion." [Lieber & Stoller (Poison Ivy: song lyrics, 1994)]

Etymology: F. océan, L. oceanus, Gr. 'wkeano`s ocean, in Homer, the great river supposed to encompass the earth

adjective O"cean
Of or pertaining to the main or great sea; as, the ocean waves; an ocean stream.
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  1. A large body of water constituting a principal part of the hydrosphere
  2. Anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume

From ocean (“sea”), inspired by the fashionable French female name Océane.

  1. A female given name of modern usage.

Notable Persons Named Ocean

Ocean Master is a comics character.


Ocean was born on October 14th, 1988 in Ho Chi Minh City.



Ocean Hellman is an actress. Ocean was given the name Crystal Ocean Supri Heavenly Blue Sky Hellman on November 8th, 1971 in Victoria, British Columbia.


Ocean Ou is a mandopop musical artist. He has been prominent since 1991.


Ocean was born on July 26th, 1720. She breathed her last breath on February 13th, 1814.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ocean

Frank Ocean is a contemporary r&b musician. He holds the title Voodoo". He has been prominent since 2007. Frank was given the name Christopher Edwin Breaux on October 28th, 1987 in Long Beach, California, United States. Frank is also known as Ocean, Christopher Francis (birth name); Breaux, Christopher; Breaux, and Lonny.


Aletta was born on December 14th, 1987 in Budapest.


Billy Ocean is a rhythm, blues, pop music, and soul music musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, and Steelpan. He was most active from 1969 to present. Billy was given the name Leslie Sebastian Charles on January 21st, 1950 in Fyzabad, Trinidad and Tobago.


Humphrey was born on June 22nd, 1951. Humphrey is also known as Butler-Bowdon and Humphrey.


T. Lynn Ocean is a thriller (genre), fiction, and mystery fiction author.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1971 5 5 0
1974 14 8 6
1975 9 9 0
1988 8 8 0
1989 11 11 0
1990 22 16 6
1991 16 10 6
1992 29 19 10
1993 47 23 24
1994 77 39 38
1995 58 33 25
1996 71 39 32
1997 106 71 35
1998 89 57 32
1999 70 43 27
2000 74 46 28
2001 82 50 32
2002 110 56 54
2003 135 66 69
2004 118 73 45
2005 160 93 67
2006 149 66 83
2007 189 90 99
2008 184 75 109
2009 149 60 89
2010 137 57 80
2011 111 43 68
2012 121 58 63
2013 148 62 86
2014 162 79 83
2015 146 65 81
2016 187 83 104
2017 184 76 108

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Popularity of Ocean as a first name

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Popularity of Ocean as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ocean U.S.
  White 30.96% 64.26%
  African American 60.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.45% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ocean

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

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Fun Facts about the name Ocean

  • How Popular is the name Ocean? Ocean is the 5,042nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Ocean was the 47,272nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ocean have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,178 babies born with the first name Ocean in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ocean to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ocean? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1971 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Ocean first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ocean is Tuesday, March 9th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Ocean born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ocean was in 2008 with a total of 109 babies.
  • Random Ocean Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ocean is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 14 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 2007.
  • Weird things about the name Ocean: Your name in reverse order is Naeco. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oeanc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ocean? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 449 people with the last name Ocean.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ocean? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ocean as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k 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).
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