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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Oral

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective O"ral
Senses
  1. Uttered by the mouth, or in words; spoken, not written; verbal; as, oral traditions; oral testimony; oral law.
  2. Of or pertaining to the mouth; surrounding or lining the mouth; as, the oral cavity; oral cilia or cirri.

Etymology: L. os oris, the mouth, akin to Skr. ās. Cf. Adore Orison Usher

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An examination conducted by spoken communication
  2. A stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated in the mouth; fixation at this stage is said to result in dependence, selfishness, and aggression
  3. Of or involving the mouth or mouth region or the surface on which the mouth is located ("the oral cavity", "the oral mucous membrane", and "the oral surface of a starfish")
  4. Using speech rather than writing ("an oral tradition" and "an oral agreement")
  5. Of or relating to or affecting or for use in the mouth ("oral hygiene", "an oral thermometer", and "an oral vaccine")
Wiktionary

From New Latin oralis (“of the mouth”), from Latin os (“the mouth”).

  1. (countable) A spoken test or examination, particularly in a language class.
  2. (countable) A physical examination of the mouth.
  3. (uncountable) Oral sex.

oral was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, German, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Oral

Oral Roberts was a cleric. Oral was given the name Granville Oral Roberts on January 24th, 1918 in Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, U.S. He died on December 15th, 2009.

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Oral Hildebrand was a baseball player. Oral was born on April 7th, 1907 in Indianapolis. He breathed his last breath on September 8th, 1977.

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Oral was born on December 14th, 1946.

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Oral was born on December 11th, 1982.

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Oral Bullen is a soccer player for the UMass Minutemen, Minutewomen, Albany BWP Highlanders, Portland Timbers (2001–10), and Jersey Express S.C. Oral was born on February 18th, 1983 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Oral

Tomas Oral is a soccer player for the FSV Frankfurt, SG Egelsbach, and Viktoria Aschaffenburg. Tomas was born on April 24th, 1973 in Ochsenfurt, West Germany.

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Mahir was born on May 23rd, 1980 in Hamburg.

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Orel was born on September 26th, 1979 in İstanbul, Turkey.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1883 5 0 5
1884 11 0 11
1886 15 6 9
1887 6 6 0
1888 16 5 11
1889 14 5 9
1890 12 0 12
1891 15 7 8
1892 28 10 18
1893 21 11 10
1894 23 6 17
1895 19 6 13
1896 21 12 9
1897 9 0 9
1898 22 6 16
1899 10 0 10
1900 28 13 15
1901 13 6 7
1902 19 8 11
1903 14 7 7
1904 13 0 13
1905 23 7 16
1906 28 14 14
1907 19 6 13
1908 25 11 14
1909 26 8 18
1910 29 7 22
1911 30 8 22
1912 50 12 38
1913 56 12 44
1914 66 11 55
1915 105 22 83
1916 111 28 83
1917 123 24 99
1918 91 19 72
1919 105 26 79
1920 108 24 84
1921 94 14 80
1922 100 18 82
1923 58 9 49
1924 87 10 77
1925 76 13 63
1926 62 5 57
1927 69 9 60
1928 65 9 56
1929 57 10 47
1930 44 0 44
1931 43 0 43
1932 39 5 34
1933 39 0 39
1934 39 0 39
1935 41 5 36
1936 46 8 38
1937 30 6 24
1938 25 5 20
1939 19 0 19
1940 28 0 28
1941 23 0 23
1942 24 0 24
1943 26 6 20
1944 20 0 20
1945 19 0 19
1946 22 0 22
1947 26 5 21
1948 21 0 21
1949 31 5 26
1950 25 0 25
1951 36 6 30
1952 36 0 36
1953 44 5 39
1954 50 0 50
1955 56 0 56
1956 50 0 50
1957 29 0 29
1958 34 0 34
1959 27 0 27
1960 23 0 23
1961 29 0 29
1962 22 0 22
1963 17 0 17
1964 12 0 12
1965 17 0 17
1966 9 0 9
1967 11 0 11
1968 10 0 10
1969 8 0 8
1970 10 0 10
1971 8 0 8
1972 5 0 5
1973 11 0 11
1975 11 0 11
1976 5 0 5
1977 8 0 8
1978 6 0 6
1979 8 0 8
1982 5 0 5
1983 6 0 6
1984 9 0 9
1985 5 0 5
1988 7 0 7
1990 6 0 6
1991 5 0 5
1992 8 0 8
1993 6 0 6
1994 7 0 7
1997 5 0 5
2001 5 0 5
2003 6 0 6

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Popularity of Oral as a first name

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Popularity of Oral as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Oral U.S.
  White 89.09% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.45% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Oral

People with the last name Oral are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Oral

  • How Popular is the name Oral? Oral is the 4,921st most popular name of all time. As a last name Oral was the 149,395th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Oral have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,307 babies born with the first name Oral in the United States. That's more than enough people named Oral 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 Oral? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Oral first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Oral is Wednesday, December 22nd, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Oral born? The highest recorded use of the first name Oral was in 1917 with a total of 99 babies.
  • Random Oral Factoid: According to the 1916 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Oral is not a popular baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, only 16 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1916.
  • Weird things about the name Oral: Your name in reverse order is Laro. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rloa. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Oral? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 110 people with the last name Oral.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Oral? Oral is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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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