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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
The fishhawk (Pandion haliaetus).

Etymology: Through OF. fr. L. ossifragaorig., the bone breaker); prob. influenced by oripelargusmountain stork, a kind of eagle, Gr. �); cf. OF. orpres, and F. orfraie. See Ossifrage

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  1. Large harmless hawk found worldwide that feeds on fish and builds a bulky nest often occupied for years

From Late Middle English ospray, from Anglo-Norman ospriet, from Medieval Latin avis prede (“bird of prey”), a generic term apparently confused with this specific bird in Old French on its similarity to ossifrage.

  1. A bird of prey (Pandion haliaetus) that feeds on fish and has white underparts and long, narrow wings each ending in four finger-like extensions.
  2. aigrette (ornamental feather)

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Fun Facts about the name Osprey

  • When was the first name Osprey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Osprey is Saturday, October 12th, 1901.
  • How unique is the name Osprey? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Osprey. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Osprey: Your name in reverse order is Yerpso. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ysreop. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Osprey born Apr 23, 1961

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Canada approximately on 475. Your profession was artist, magician, and fortune teller.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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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.