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Origin and Meaning of Pluto

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Plu"to
  1. [Class. Myth] The son of Saturn and Rhea, brother of Jupiter and Neptune; the dark and gloomy god of the Lower World.
  2. The ninth planet of the Solar System, the smallest (5700 km radius) and most distant from the sun. The suggestion has been made that it more closely resembles a large close comet than a planet. Its orbit has an eccentricity of 0.248, larger than that of any other planet; it varies from 4.44 to 7.37 billion km distance from the sun." Pluto is an oddball among its eight sister planets. It's the smallest in both size and mass, and has the most elliptical orbit. It moves in a plane tilted markedly away from the other planets' orbits. Moreover, Pluto is the only planet made almost entirely of ice." [Ron Cohen (Science News, Feb. 27, 1999, p. 139)]

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. �

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  1. A large asteroid that was once thought to be the farthest known planet from the sun; it has an elliptical orbit ("Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930")
  2. (Roman mythology) god of the underworld; counterpart of Greek Hades
  3. A cartoon character created by Walt Disney

Originally coined in 2006 by the American Dialect Society, in reference to Pluto's demotion from planet status, defeating climate canary for Word of the Year. Was believed by many to be a self-promotion attempt.

Notable Persons Named Pluto

Pluto is a fictional character. Pluto is also known as Rover and Pluto the Pup.


Pluto Shervington is a reggae singer, musician, engineer, producer, and audio engineer. He has had major accomplishments since 1970. Pluto was given the name Leighton Shervington on August 13th, 1950.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Pluto

Pluto is a fictional character. Pluto is also known as Rover and Pluto the Pup.


Sailor Pluto is an animanga character.


Hell Pluto is a comics character.


Terry Pluto is a sportswriter, author, and sports journalism. Terry was born on June 12th, 1955 in Cleveland.


Young was born on July 10th, 1870 in Port Elizabeth. Young is also known as Joe Pluto and Joseph Brown. He died on March 3rd, 1931.


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Popularity of Pluto as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Pluto U.S.
  White 88.89% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.27% 16.26%

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People with the last name Pluto are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Pluto

  • How Popular is the name Pluto? As a last name Pluto was the 80,926th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Pluto first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Pluto is Monday, November 8th, 1897.
  • How unique is the name Pluto? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Pluto. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Pluto: Your name in reverse order is Otulp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tuopl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Pluto? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 234 people with the last name Pluto.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Pluto? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Pluto as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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.
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