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Origin and Meaning of Octave

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Oc"tave
  1. The eighth day after a church festival, the festival day being included; also, the week following a church festival."The octavesof Easter." [Jer. Taylor.]
  2. [Mus]
    1. The eighth tone in the scale; the interval between one and eight of the scale, or any interval of equal length; an interval of five tones and two semitones.
    2. The whole diatonic scale itself.
  3. [Poet] The first two stanzas of a sonnet, consisting of four verses each; a stanza of eight lines."With mournful melody it continued this octave." [Sir P. Sidney.]
  4. A small cask of wine, the eighth part of a pipe.

Note: ☞ The ratio of a musical tone to its octave above is 1:2 as regards the number of vibrations producing the tones.

Etymology: F., fr. L. octava an eighth, fr. octavus eighth, fr. octo eight. See Eight, and cf. Octavo Utas

adjective Oc"tave
Consisting of eight; eight.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A rhythmic group of eight lines of verse
  2. A musical interval of eight tones
  3. A feast day and the seven days following it

Notable Persons Named Octave

Octave Chanute was a civil engineer, railway engineer and bridge designer, and aviation pioneer. Octave was born on February 18th, 1832 in Paris. He passed away on November 23rd, 1910.


Octave Mirbeau was a novel, comedy, chronicles, and art critic novelist, playwright, journalist, and pamphleteer. Octave was born on February 16th, 1848 in Trévières. He died on February 16th, 1917.


Octave was born on August 29th, 1899. He breathed his last breath on July 30th, 1989.


Octave Lapize was a cyclist. Octave was born on October 24th, 1887 in Paris. He left this life on July 14th, 1917.


He was most prominent from 19 to 19. Octave was given the name Louis Octave Uzanne on September 14th, 1851 in Auxerre, France. He breathed his last breath on October 31st, 1931.


Octave Crémazie was a poetry poet and bookselling. Octave was born on April 16th, 1827 in Quebec City, Lower Canada. He left this life on January 16th, 1879.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Octave

Kodak Black is a rapping musician. He plays Vocals. He was most active from 2013 to present. Kodak was given the name Dieuson Octave on June 11th, 1997 in Pompano Beach, Florida. Kodak is also known as Kodak Black.


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Popularity of Octave as a last name

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Common last names for Octave

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  • Thomas
  • Leblanc

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Octave U.S.
  White 11.73% 64.26%
  African American 84.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.23% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.68% 16.26%

Of Last Name Octave

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

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Fun Facts about the name Octave

  • How Popular is the name Octave? Octave is the 17,476th most popular name of all time. As a last name Octave was the 56,972nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Octave have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 443 babies born with the first name Octave in the United States. That's more than enough people named Octave 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 Octave? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Octave first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Octave is Wednesday, November 22nd, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Octave born? The highest recorded use of the first name Octave was in 1918 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Octave Factoid: According to the 1932 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Octave is not a popular baby boy's name in Louisiana. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Louisiana have the same name as you in 1932.
  • Weird things about the name Octave: Your name in reverse order is Evatco. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vectoa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Octave? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 358 people with the last name Octave.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Octave? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Octave as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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