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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Precious

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Pre"cious
Senses
  1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone."The preciousbane." [Milton.]
  2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections."She is more precious than rules." [Prov. iii. 15.]"Many things which are most precious are neglected only because the value of them lieth hid." [Hooker.]
  3. Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. Précieuse Preciosity."Lest that precious folk be with me wroth." [Chaucer.]"Elaborate embroidery of precious language." [Saintsbury.]

Note: Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal.

Etymology: OF. precious precius precios, F. précieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value. See Price

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Obviously contrived to charm ("an insufferably precious performance")
  2. Characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for ("children are precious")
  3. Of high worth or cost ("diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones")
  4. Held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature ("precious memories")
  5. Extremely ("there is precious little time left")
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​, originating as a male or female nickname.
  2. A female given name.

Notable Persons Named Precious

Precious Lara Quigaman-Alcaraz is a beauty queen. She holds the title Binibining Pilipinas-International 2005, Miss International 2005, and Binibining Pilipinas 2005. Precious was given the name Precious Lara San Agustin Quigaman on January 3rd, 1983 in Taguig.

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Precious Wilson is a dance-pop, dance music, and soul music singing. She was most prominent from 1975 to present. Precious was born on October 18th, 1957.

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Precious was born on January 1st, 1955 in North Bay, Ontario. Precious is also known as Williams and Patricia "Patti".

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Precious Lunga is an epidemiologist and epidemiology. Precious was born in Zimbabwe.

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Precious was born on January 4th, 1942. She passed away on January 12th, 2013.

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Precious Emuejeraye is a soccer player for the Putrajaya SPA F.C., Jurong FC, Young Lions FC, Gombak United FC, Woodlands Wellington FC, Sriwijaya FC, Persija Jakarta, Persiba Balikpapan, Persidafon Dafonsoro, Home United FC, and Singapore national football team. Precious was born on March 21st, 1983 in Nigeria.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Precious

Precious was born on January 1st, 1955 in North Bay, Ontario. Precious is also known as Williams and Patricia "Patti".

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Mark Precious is an athlete. Mark was born on August 29th, 1956.

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Mokwe Ikeghukwu Precious is an athlete for the Lopburi F.C.

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How popular is the baby name Precious in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1897 6 6 0
1898 5 5 0
1900 6 6 0
1902 7 7 0
1903 6 6 0
1904 5 5 0
1905 5 5 0
1906 9 9 0
1907 6 6 0
1908 6 6 0
1909 5 5 0
1910 13 13 0
1911 9 9 0
1913 7 7 0
1914 5 5 0
1915 10 10 0
1916 17 12 5
1917 22 16 6
1918 22 17 5
1919 29 24 5
1920 25 25 0
1921 18 18 0
1922 24 24 0
1923 18 18 0
1924 14 14 0
1925 28 23 5
1926 26 20 6
1927 34 29 5
1928 16 16 0
1929 26 21 5
1930 8 8 0
1931 12 12 0
1932 25 25 0
1933 14 14 0
1934 12 12 0
1935 9 9 0
1936 9 9 0
1937 15 15 0
1938 19 19 0
1939 15 15 0
1940 9 9 0
1941 18 18 0
1942 20 20 0
1943 16 16 0
1944 21 21 0
1945 14 14 0
1946 10 10 0
1947 16 16 0
1948 15 15 0
1949 29 29 0
1950 21 21 0
1951 13 13 0
1952 8 8 0
1953 16 16 0
1954 24 24 0
1955 18 18 0
1956 20 20 0
1957 10 10 0
1958 20 20 0
1959 15 15 0
1960 22 22 0
1961 23 23 0
1962 23 23 0
1963 30 30 0
1964 31 31 0
1965 37 37 0
1966 38 38 0
1967 38 38 0
1968 54 54 0
1969 31 31 0
1970 59 59 0
1971 65 65 0
1972 87 87 0
1973 72 66 6
1974 89 89 0
1975 106 106 0
1976 88 88 0
1977 132 132 0
1978 140 140 0
1979 188 188 0
1980 256 249 7
1981 252 246 6
1982 271 271 0
1983 268 268 0
1984 278 278 0
1985 377 377 0
1986 418 418 0
1987 432 427 5
1988 532 524 8
1989 505 497 8
1990 555 547 8
1991 573 573 0
1992 570 570 0
1993 594 594 0
1994 638 631 7
1995 620 620 0
1996 703 703 0
1997 639 639 0
1998 741 741 0
1999 687 687 0
2000 648 648 0
2001 746 746 0
2002 696 689 7
2003 558 553 5
2004 517 512 5
2005 528 528 0
2006 534 534 0
2007 500 500 0
2008 374 374 0
2009 370 365 5
2010 266 266 0
2011 197 197 0
2012 155 155 0
2013 149 144 5
2014 133 133 0
2015 136 131 5
2016 114 108 6
2017 109 109 0

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Popularity of Precious as a first name

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Popularity of Precious as a last name

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Common last names for Precious

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Jackson
  • Brown
  • Davis
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Precious U.S.
  White 80.65% 64.26%
  African American 9.68% 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 6.45% 16.26%

Of Last Name Precious

People with the last name Precious are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Precious

  • How Popular is the name Precious? Precious is the 1,724th most popular name of all time. As a last name Precious was the 113,155th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Precious have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18,892 babies born with the first name Precious in the United States. That's more than enough people named Precious to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Precious? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1897 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Precious first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Precious is Monday, March 4th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Precious born? The highest recorded use of the first name Precious was in 2001 with a total of 746 babies.
  • Random Precious Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Precious ranks 67th in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 15 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Precious: Your name in reverse order is Suoicerp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uosepicr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Precious? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 155 people with the last name Precious.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Precious? Precious is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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