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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pay"ment
  1. The act of paying, or giving compensation; the discharge of a debt or an obligation."No man envieth the payment of a debt." [Bacon.]
  2. That which is paid; the thing given in discharge of a debt, or an obligation, or in fulfillment of a promise; reward; recompense; requital; return.
  3. Punishment; chastisement.(R)

Etymology: F. payment paiement. See Pay to requite

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of paying money
  2. An act of requiting; returning in kind
  3. A sum of money paid or a claim discharged

From Old French paiement

  1. (uncountable) The act of paying.
  2. (countable) A sum of money paid in exchange for goods or services.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Payment

Thomas Payment was a List of mayors of Ottawa. Thomas was born on July 6th, 1853 in Manotick. He left this life on January 13th, 1920.


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Popularity of Payment as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Payment U.S.
  White 78.97% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 11.80% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.69% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.33% 16.26%

Of Last Name Payment

People with the last name Payment are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Payment

  • How Popular is the name Payment? As a last name Payment was the 34,314th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Payment first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Payment is Saturday, January 22nd, 1916.
  • How unique is the name Payment? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Payment. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Payment: Your name in reverse order is Tnemyap. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Mpaetyn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Payment? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 661 people with the last name Payment.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Payment? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Payment as their last name since less than 1 person in 455k 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.