Onyx

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun O"nyx
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  1. [Min] Chalcedony in parallel layers of different shades of color. It is used for making cameos, the figure being cut in one layer with the next as a ground.
  2. Same as Mexican onyx.
  3. A deep jet-black color.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. � a claw, finger nail, a veined gem. See Nail, and cf. Onycha

adjective o"nyx
Deep, jet-black.
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  1. A chalcedony with alternating black and white bands; used in making cameos
Wiktionary

Before 1300 as onix, in about 1250 as oneche, from Old French oniche or onix, from Latin onyx, from Ancient Greek ὄνυξ (onyx).

  1. (mineralogy) A banded variety of chalcedony, a cryptocrystalline form of quartz.
  2. A jet-black color, named after the gemstone.

onyx was also found in the following language(s): Latin and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Onyx

Onyx was born in Jamaica, Queens.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Onyx

Dru was born on September 24th, 1974 in Saint Michael, Barbados.

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Onyx was born in Jamaica, Queens.

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She was most prominent from 1956 to 1966. Narda was born on December 20th, 1931 in Estonia. She died on March 18th, 1991.

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Tommy is also known as Thomas Munnell.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1918 5 5 0
1985 5 5 0
1989 8 8 0
1990 15 9 6
1991 6 6 0
1992 17 11 6
1993 30 16 14
1994 25 16 9
1995 24 14 10
1996 27 14 13
1997 29 12 17
1998 31 19 12
1999 15 7 8
2000 33 12 21
2001 33 18 15
2002 35 15 20
2003 29 12 17
2004 36 10 26
2005 32 12 20
2006 48 19 29
2007 55 25 30
2008 52 11 41
2009 84 24 60
2010 81 22 59
2011 75 18 57
2012 111 31 80
2013 111 33 78
2014 137 45 92
2015 156 38 118
2016 230 58 172
2017 254 66 188

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Fun Facts about the name Onyx

  • How Popular is the name Onyx? Onyx is the 7,176th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Onyx have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,829 babies born with the first name Onyx in the United States. That's more than enough people named Onyx to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Onyx? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Onyx first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Onyx is Friday, March 20th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Onyx born? The highest recorded use of the first name Onyx was in 2017 with a total of 188 babies.
  • Random Onyx Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Onyx is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Onyx: Your name in reverse order is Xyno. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nxoy. How do you pronounce that?

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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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