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  • A user from Kentucky, United States says the name Origin is of Welsh origin and means "Guardian of the waters".
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noun Or"i*gin
  1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth."This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its origin in the ancient chivalry." [Burke.]
  2. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain; the spring; the cause; the occasion.
  3. [Anat] The point of attachment or end of a muscle which is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to insertion.
    synonyms: Commencement; rise; source; spring; fountain; derivation; cause; root; foundation.
    "I think he would have set out just as he did, with the origin of ideas -- the proper starting point of a grammarian, who is to treat of their signs." [Tooke.]"Famous Greece, That source of art and cultivated thought Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought." [Waller.]

Usage: Origin Source. Origin denotes the rise or commencement of a thing; source presents itself under the image of a fountain flowing forth in a continuous stream of influences. The origin of moral evil has been much disputed, but no one can doubt that it is the source of most of the calamities of our race.

Etymology: F. origine, L. origo -iginis, fr. oriri to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up, rouse, Skr. , and perh. to E. run

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  1. Properties attributable to your ancestry ("he comes from good origins")
  2. The point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
  3. An event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
  4. The descendants of one individual
  5. The place where something begins, where it springs into being ("Jupiter was the origin of the radiation")
  6. The source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived ("the rumor had its origin in idle gossip", "vegetable origins", "mineral origin", and "origin in sensation")

From Middle English origine, origyne, from Old French origine, orine, ourine, from Latin origo (“beginning, source, birth, origin”), from oriri (“to rise”); see orient.

  1. The beginning of something.
  2. The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
  3. (mathematics) The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect.
  4. (anatomy) The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.
  5. (cartography) An arbitrary point on Earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.
  6. (in the plural) Ancestry.

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Fun Facts about the name Origin

  • When was the first name Origin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Origin is Wednesday, March 4th, 1885.
  • How unique is the name Origin? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Origin. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Origin: Your name in reverse order is Nigiro. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ioring. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Origin born Aug 19, 1948

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Philippines approximately on 1100. Your profession was builder of houses, temples, and cathedrals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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.