Prentiss

First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Prentiss

"Prentiss" is a name of English origin, and it means "Scholar". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Notable Persons Named Prentiss

Prentiss Taylor was a lithography, painting, costume designer, and illustrator. He was most active from 1930 to 1984. Prentiss was given the name Prentiss Hottel Taylor on December 13th, 1907 in Washington, D.C. He passed away on October 7th, 1991.

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Prentiss M. Brown was an office holder. Prentiss was born on June 18th, 1889 in St. Ignace, Michigan. He breathed his last breath on December 19th, 1973.

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Prentiss Mellen was a Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He was most prominent from 1818 to 1820. Prentiss was born on October 11th, 1764 in Sterling, Massachusetts. He passed away on December 31st, 1840.

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Prentiss Lafayette Walker was a farmer. Prentiss was born on August 23rd, 1917 in Taylorsville, Mississippi. He left this life on June 5th, 1998.

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Prentiss was born in 1925. He passed away in 2006.

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Prentiss was born on December 28th, 1843 in Adams County, Mississippi. He passed away on August 16th, 1904.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Prentiss

Paula Prentiss is an actress. Her career lasted from 1960 to 2007. Paula was given the name Paula Ragusa on March 4th, 1938 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

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Emily Prentiss is a federal bureau of investigation. Emily is also known as Lauren Reynolds.

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Ann Prentiss was an actress. Her career lasted from 1966 to 1966. Ann was given the name Ann Elizabeth Ragusa on November 27th, 1939 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. She passed away on January 12th, 2010.

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Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss is a military person. His military service ended in 1848.

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Samuel Prentiss was a Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Vermont and Judge of theUnited States District Court for the District of Vermont. His most notable accomplishments were from 1842 to 1857. Samuel was born on March 31st, 1782 in Stonington, Connecticut. He passed away on January 15th, 1857.

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C.J. Prentiss is an office holder.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1887 5 0 5
1895 6 0 6
1899 5 0 5
1900 5 0 5
1901 5 0 5
1902 5 0 5
1904 5 0 5
1905 6 0 6
1906 7 0 7
1907 9 0 9
1908 5 0 5
1910 10 0 10
1911 6 0 6
1912 14 0 14
1913 11 0 11
1914 25 0 25
1915 27 0 27
1916 24 0 24
1917 15 0 15
1918 23 0 23
1919 25 0 25
1920 28 0 28
1921 18 0 18
1922 28 0 28
1923 24 0 24
1924 27 0 27
1925 23 0 23
1926 31 0 31
1927 24 0 24
1928 23 0 23
1929 28 0 28
1930 36 0 36
1931 20 0 20
1932 31 0 31
1933 27 0 27
1934 30 0 30
1935 14 0 14
1936 26 0 26
1937 22 0 22
1938 23 0 23
1939 26 0 26
1940 27 0 27
1941 30 0 30
1942 38 0 38
1943 47 0 47
1944 25 0 25
1945 19 0 19
1946 30 0 30
1947 35 0 35
1948 34 0 34
1949 43 0 43
1950 40 0 40
1951 50 7 43
1952 44 0 44
1953 19 0 19
1954 28 0 28
1955 33 0 33
1956 39 0 39
1957 33 0 33
1958 32 0 32
1959 33 0 33
1960 27 0 27
1961 30 0 30
1962 23 0 23
1963 39 5 34
1964 40 8 32
1965 37 0 37
1966 36 0 36
1967 32 9 23
1968 26 0 26
1969 31 0 31
1970 40 0 40
1971 34 0 34
1972 35 5 30
1973 21 0 21
1974 21 0 21
1975 40 0 40
1976 21 0 21
1977 25 0 25
1978 39 0 39
1979 33 0 33
1980 39 0 39
1981 32 0 32
1982 37 0 37
1983 28 0 28
1984 22 5 17
1985 31 0 31
1986 23 0 23
1987 30 0 30
1988 30 6 24
1989 23 0 23
1990 27 0 27
1991 21 0 21
1992 21 0 21
1993 22 0 22
1994 12 0 12
1995 13 0 13
1996 12 0 12
1997 17 0 17
1998 19 0 19
1999 15 0 15
2000 14 0 14
2001 7 0 7
2002 8 0 8
2003 12 0 12
2004 13 0 13
2005 13 0 13
2006 10 0 10
2007 13 0 13
2008 10 0 10
2009 16 0 16
2010 12 0 12
2011 8 0 8
2012 19 10 9
2013 7 0 7
2014 22 5 17
2015 9 0 9
2016 9 0 9

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Popularity of Prentiss as a first name

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Popularity of Prentiss as a last name

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Common last names for Prentiss

  • Smith
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Moore
  • Walker
  • Taylor
  • Baker
  • Cook

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Prentiss U.S.
  White 78.40% 64.26%
  African American 14.15% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.81% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.26% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.73% 16.26%

Of Last Name Prentiss

People with the last name Prentiss are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Prentiss

  • How Popular is the name Prentiss? Prentiss is the 5,454th most popular name of all time. As a last name Prentiss was the 13,081st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Prentiss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,737 babies born with the first name Prentiss in the United States. That's more than enough people named Prentiss to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Prentiss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1887 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Prentiss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Prentiss is Tuesday, September 5th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Prentiss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Prentiss was in 1943 with a total of 47 babies.
  • Random Prentiss Factoid: According to the 1949 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Prentiss is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 12 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1949.
  • Weird things about the name Prentiss: Your name in reverse order is Ssitnerp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ptenisrs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Prentiss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,347 people with the last name Prentiss.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Prentiss? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Prentiss as their last name since less than 1 person in 125k 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).
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