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Origin and Meaning of Para

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pa*ra"
A piece of Turkish money, usually copper, the fortieth part of a piaster, or about one ninth of a cent.

Etymology: Turk., fr. Per. pārah a piece

noun Pa*rá"
  1. The southern arm of the Amazon in Brazil; also, a seaport on this arm.
  2. Short for Pará rubber.
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  1. Port city in northern Brazil in the Amazon delta; main port and commercial center for the Amazon River basin
  2. An estuary in northern Brazil into which the Tocantins River flows
  3. A soldier in the paratroops
  4. 100 para equal 1 dinar in Yugoslavia
  5. (obstetrics) the number of liveborn children a woman has delivered ("a bipara is a woman who has given birth to two children")

Borrowing from Serbo-Croatian pàra/па̀ра, from Ottoman Turkish پاره (pare, para), from Persian پاره (pâre).

  1. (historical) A former subunit of currency in several countries in the Ottoman/Turkish and Yugoslav regions.

The second part of words such as primipara and multipara

  1. (medicine) A woman who has had a certain number of pregnancies, indicated by the number prepended to this word.

Shortened from paragraph

  1. A paragraph.

Shortened from paratrooper

  1. A paratrooper.

Shortened from paralytic

    para was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Asturian, Catalan, Crimean Tatar, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, Gamo, Guaraní, Hungarian, Ido, Indonesian, Italian, Javanese, Latin, Lithuanian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Sanaviron, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, and Turkish

    Notable Persons Named Para

    Para One is a producer, musician, and record producer. He was most active from 2000 to present. Para was given the name Jean-Baptiste de Laubier on April 2nd, 1979 in Orléans, France.


    Pará is a soccer player for the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Esporte Clube Santo André, and Santos FC. Pará was born on February 14th, 1986 in São João do Araguaia.


    Para Draine is a boxer. Para was born on December 28th, 1972 in Seattle.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Para

    Begum Para was an actress. Her career lasted from 1944 to 1956. Begum was born on December 25th, 1926 in Jhelum. She left this life on December 9th, 2008.


    Jean-Michel Parasiliti di Para is a social work and social worker. Jean-Michel was born on March 26th, 1942 in Paris. Jean-Michel is also known as Prince Antoine IV.


    Pará is a soccer player for the Clube de Regatas do Flamengo, Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, Esporte Clube Santo André, and Santos FC. Pará was born on February 14th, 1986 in São João do Araguaia.


    Waheed Ur Rehman Para is an H-8 Church Lane Sonwar and Srinagar. Waheed was born in Nigerian naira. Waheed is also known as Waheed-ur-Rehman Parra.


    Vasile Para is a Member of the Moldovan Parliament.


    Massimiliano Para is a sports team member for the F.C. Fiorentino.


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    Popularity of Para as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Para U.S.
      White 65.69% 64.26%
      African American 0.86% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.54% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.69% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.78% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 28.44% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Para

    People with the last name Para are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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    Fun Facts about the name Para

    • How Popular is the name Para? Para is the 19,969th most popular name of all time. As a last name Para was the 22,281st most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Para have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 353 babies born with the first name Para in the United States. That's more than enough people named Para to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Para? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1902 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Para first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Para is Friday, February 13th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Para born? The highest recorded use of the first name Para was in 1925 with a total of 17 babies.
    • Random Para Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Para is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 1919.
    • Weird things about the name Para: Your name in reverse order is Arap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Para. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Para? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,157 people with the last name Para.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Para? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Para as their last name since less than 1 person in 256k 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).
    • 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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