Pastel

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since 1880
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  • A submission from Florida, United States says the name Pastel means "Soft colors" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from United States, the name Pastel is of English origin and means "A subtle, soft, gentle person. "Adrian Pastel" = Adrian the Gentle(/soft/subtle/etc.)".
  • According to a user from California, United States, the name Pastel is of English origin and means "Soft, and gentle".
  • A user from California, United States says the name Pastel means "Soft colors".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pas"tel
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  1. A crayon made of a paste composed of a color ground with gum water. Alt. spell.: pastil "Charming heads in pastel." [W. Black.]
  2. [Bot] A plant affording a blue dye; the woad (Isatis tinctoria); also, the dye itself.

Etymology: F.; cf. It. pastello. Cf. Pastil

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  1. Any of various pale or light colors
  2. Delicate and pale in color ("pastel pink")
  3. Lacking in body or vigor ("faded pastel charms of the naive music")
Wiktionary

Borrowing from French pastel, from Italian pastello (“pastel”), from Medieval Latin pastellum (“dough, paste”), from Latin pasta (“dough, paste”), ultimately from Ancient Greek πάστη (pástē, “dough, paste”).

  1. Any of several subdued tints of colors, usually associated with pink, peach, yellow, green, blue and lavender
  2. A drawing made with any of those colors.
  3. A type of dried paste used to make crayons.
  4. A crayon made from such a paste.

Borrowing from Spanish pastel.

  1. A traditional dish in various Latin American countries, resembling a tamale, pasty, or calzone.

    pastel was also found in the following language(s): Asturian, Danish, French, Portuguese, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Pastel

    Pastel is a soccer player for the S.C. Freamunde, F.C. Vizela, C.D. Feirense, Montreal Impact, Ermis Aradippou, F.C. Penafiel, F.C. Famalicão, and Portugal national under-18 football team. Pastel was born on February 10th, 1982. Pastel is also known as Hélder Filipe Costa Soares.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Pastel

    Pastel is a soccer player for the S.C. Freamunde, F.C. Vizela, C.D. Feirense, Montreal Impact, Ermis Aradippou, F.C. Penafiel, F.C. Famalicão, and Portugal national under-18 football team. Pastel was born on February 10th, 1982. Pastel is also known as Hélder Filipe Costa Soares.

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Pastel U.S.
      White 86.39% 64.26%
      African American 7.69% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 4.14% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Pastel

    People with the last name Pastel are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Pastel

    • How Popular is the name Pastel? As a last name Pastel was the 105,600th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Pastel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Pastel is Saturday, November 20th, 1915.
    • How unique is the name Pastel? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Pastel. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Pastel: Your name in reverse order is Letsap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tlasep. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Pastel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 169 people with the last name Pastel.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pastel? Pastel 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).
    • 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).
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