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Origin and Meaning of Peculiar

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  • A submission from Canada says the name Peculiar means "Unique, Special, Not common, Separate/Set apart, Different, Odd, Strange... Deuteronomy 14:2, Deuteronomy 26:18, 1 Peter 2:9, Titus 2:14, Exodus 19:5, Psamls 135:4, and Ecclesiastes 2:8. KJV" and is of Biblical origin.
  • According to a user from Nigeria, the name Peculiar is of Unknown origin and means "Special or paramount".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Pe*cul"iar
  1. One's own; belonging solely or especially to an individual; not possessed by others; of private, personal, or characteristic possession and use; not owned in common or in participation."And purify unto himself a peculiar people." [Titus ii. 14.]"Hymns . . . that Christianity hath peculiar unto itself." [Hooker.]
  2. Particular; individual; special; appropriate."While each peculiar power forgoes his wonted seat." [Milton.]"My fate is Juno's most peculiar care." [Dryden.]
  3. Unusual; singular; rare; strange; as, the sky had a peculiar appearance.
    synonyms: Peculiar Special Especial.
    "Beauty, which, either walking or asleep, Shot forth peculiar graces." [Milton.]"For naught so vile that on the earth doth live, But to the earth some special good doth give." [Shak.]

Usage: Peculiar is from the Roman peculium, which was a thing emphatically and distinctively one's own, and hence was dear. The former sense always belongs to peculiaras, a peculiar style, peculiar manners, etc.), and usually so much of the latter as to involve feelings of interest; as, peculiar care, watchfulness, satisfaction, etc. Nothing of this kind belongs to special and especial. They mark simply the relation of species to genus, and denote that there is something in this case more than ordinary; as, a special act of Congress; especial pains, etc.

Etymology: L. peculiaris, fr. peculium private property, akin to pecunia money: cf. OF. peculier. See Pecuniary

noun Pe*cul"iar
  1. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic."Revenge is . . . the peculiar of Heaven." [South.]
  2. [Eng. Canon Law] A particular parish or church which is exempt from the jurisdiction of the ordinary.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Characteristic of one only; distinctive or special ("the peculiar character of the Government of the U.S.")
  2. Markedly different from the usual ("a peculiar hobby of stuffing and mounting bats" and "a man...feels it a peculiar insult to be taunted with cowardice by a woman")
  3. Beyond or deviating from the usual or expected ("the peculiar aromatic odor of cloves")
  4. Unique or specific to a person or thing or category ("a peculiar bond of sympathy between them", "an expression peculiar to Canadians", and "rights peculiar to the rich")

From Latin peculiaris (“one's own”), from Latin peculium (“private property”), from Latin pecus (“cattle”).

  1. That which is peculiar; a sole or exclusive property; a prerogative; a characteristic.
  2. (Britain, canon law) an ecclesiastical district, parish, chapel or church outside the jurisdiction of the bishop of the diocese in which it is situated.

peculiar was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Portuguese, and Spanish

Fun Facts about the name Peculiar

  • When was the first name Peculiar first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Peculiar is Friday, November 25th, 1892.
  • How unique is the name Peculiar? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Peculiar. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Peculiar: Your name in reverse order is Railucep. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilarepcu. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Peculiar born Aug 5, 2014

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 Africa approximately on 1425. Your profession was farmer, weaver, and tailor.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. Your lesson - to develop kind attitude to people, to acquire gift of understanding and compassion.

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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.