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Origin and Meaning of Pickup

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
  1. Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground.
  2. That which picks up;specif.:[Elec] same as Brushb.
  3. One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc.
  4. a social companion for the evening who is met without prior arrangement, as at a singles bar; also, the act of joining with such a companion in that fashion.
  5. [Automobiles] acceleration; a measure of the ability of a vehicle to accelerate.
  6. [Electronics] a component of a phonograph which contains the stylus and also components for converting the vibrations of the stylus into electrical impulses for subsequent processing into sound; often referred to as a cartridge; also, the process of converting vibrations into electrical impulses.
  7. [Electronics] the conversion of sound or light into electrical signals in a sound or image recording or transmitting device.
  8. [Vehicles] a small truck having an enclosed driver's compartment (cab) but an open rear with usually low sides and a tailgate. Also called pickup truck.
  9. a hitchhiker who has been picked up.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of taking aboard passengers or freight
  2. The act or process of picking up or collecting from various places ("garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays")
  3. An electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
  4. A light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
  5. Anything with restorative powers ("she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her")
  6. Mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
  7. The attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration ("his car has a lot of pickup")
  8. A warrant to take someone into custody ("put out a pickup on that man")
  9. A casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships

Notable Persons With the Last Name Pickup

Ronald Pickup is an actor. He was most prominent from 1964 to present. Ronald was given the name Ronald Alfred Pickup on June 7th, 1940 in Chester, Cheshire, England, UK.


Rachel Pickup is an actress. She has been prominent since 1996. Rachel was born in London, England.


Philip Bulcock is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1997. Philip was given the name Philip Garry Pickup on July 6th, 1970 in Jericho, Bury, Greater Manchester, England.


Tim Pickup is a rugby player. Tim was born on October 6th, 1948.


Ty Pickup was an athlete. Ty was born on October 29th, 1897 in Philadelphia. Ty is also known as Pickup and Clarence William. He left this life on August 2nd, 1974.


Samuel Walter Willet Pickup was a Member of the Legislative Council of Nova Scotia and Member of theLegislative Council of Nova Scotia. Samuel was born on March 1st, 1859 in Granville Ferry, Nova Scotia. He died on November 15th, 1935.


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Popularity of Pickup as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pickup U.S.
  White 81.81% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 12.75% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.19% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.59% 16.26%

Of Last Name Pickup

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

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Fun Facts about the name Pickup

  • How Popular is the name Pickup? As a last name Pickup was the 30,889th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Pickup first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Pickup is Friday, January 25th, 1929.
  • How unique is the name Pickup? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Pickup. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Pickup: Your name in reverse order is Pukcip. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ikpcup. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pickup? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 753 people with the last name Pickup.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pickup? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Pickup as their last name since less than 1 person in 385k 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).
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.