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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Po"et
One skilled in making poetry; one who has a particular genius for metrical composition; the author of a poem; an imaginative thinker or writer.

Etymology: F. poëte, L. poëta, fr. Gr. �, fr. � to make. Cf. Poem

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A writer of poems (the term is usually reserved for writers of good poetry)

From Old French poete, from Latin poēta (“poet, author”), from Ancient Greek ποιητής (poiētḗs, “creator, maker, author, poet”), from ποιέω (poiéō, “I make, compose”).

  1. A person who writes poems.

poet was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old French, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Poet

George the Poet is a spoken word and hip hop music musician. He was most active from 2006 to present. George was given the name George Mpanga on January 14th, 1991 in Harlesden.


Blaq Poet is a hip hop music musician. He was most prominent from 1987 to present. Blaq was given the name Wilbur Bass on May 31st, 1969. Blaq is also known as The Poet.


Levi the Poet is a spoken word musician. He was most prominent from 2007 to present. Levi was given the name Levi Morgan MacAllister on July 26th, 1989. Levi is also known as Levi the Poet.


Frank was born in 1810. He passed away in 1861.


Ousha was born in Al Ain.


Lidia was born in 1855.


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Popularity of Poet as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Poet U.S.
  White 95.39% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 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 1.63% 16.26%

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People with the last name Poet are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Poet

  • How Popular is the name Poet? Poet is the 29,893rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Poet was the 55,619th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Poet have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 160 babies born with the first name Poet in the United States. That's more than enough people named Poet to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Poet? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2005 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Poet first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Poet is Thursday, October 30th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Poet born? The highest recorded use of the first name Poet was in 2008 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Poet Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Poet is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Poet: Your name in reverse order is Teop. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Toep. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Poet? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 369 people with the last name Poet.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Poet? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Poet as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k 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).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (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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