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Origin and Meaning of Orphan

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Or"phan
A child bereaved of both father and mother; sometimes, also, a child who has but one parent living.

Etymology: L. orphanus, Gr. �, akin to L. orbus. Cf. Orb a blank window

adjective Or"phan
Bereaved of parents, or (sometimes) of one parent.
verb Or"phan
To cause to become an orphan; to deprive of parents.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A young animal without a mother
  2. The first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
  3. A child who has lost both parents
  4. Someone or something who lacks support or care or supervision
  5. Deprive of parents

From Late Latin orphanus, from Ancient Greek ὀρφανός (orphanós, “without parents, fatherless”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃órbʰos. Cognate with Sanskrit अर्भ (árbha), Latin orbus (“orphaned”), Old High German erbi, arbi (German Erbe (“heir”)), Old English ierfa (“heir”). More at erf.

  1. A person, especially a minor, both or (rarely) one of whose parents have died.
  2. A person, especially a minor, whose parents have permanently abandoned them.
  3. A young animal with no mother.
  4. (figuratively) Anything that is unsupported, as by its source, provider or caretaker, by reason of the supporter's demise or decision to abandon.
  5. (typography) A single line of type, beginning a paragraph, at the bottom of a column or page.
  6. (computing) Any unreferenced object.

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Popularity of Orphan as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Orphan U.S.
  White 87.56% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 6.97% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Orphan

People with the last name Orphan are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Orphan

  • How Popular is the name Orphan? As a last name Orphan was the 91,625th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Orphan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Orphan is Saturday, March 24th, 1877.
  • How unique is the name Orphan? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Orphan. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Orphan: Your name in reverse order is Nahpro. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hnrpao. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Orphan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 201 people with the last name Orphan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Orphan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Orphan as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m 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).
  • 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.