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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Promise mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Promise

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  • A submission from United States says the name Promise means ""unique, gifted, trustworthy, loving, focused"" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Promise is of English origin and means "Trust".
  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Promise means "Will always be gifted" and is of English origin.
  • A user from Illinois, United States says the name Promise is of German origin and means "I beautiful girl who can make anyone smile when she walks into the room".
  • A user from District of Columbia, United States says the name Promise is of Unknown origin and means "Gift of honesty".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Prom"ise
  1. In general, a declaration, written or verbal, made by one person to another, which binds the person who makes it to do, or to forbear to do, a specified act; a declaration which gives to the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance or forbearance of a specified act."For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise." [Gal. iii. 18.]
  2. [Law] An engagement by one person to another, either in words or in writing, but properly not under seal, for the performance or nonperformance of some particular thing. The word promise is used to denote the mere engagement of a person, without regard to the consideration for it, or the corresponding duty of the party to whom it is made.
  3. That which causes hope, expectation, or assurance; especially, that which affords expectation of future distinction; as, a youth of great promise ."My native country was full of youthful promise." [W. Irving.]
  4. Bestowal, fulfillment, or grant of what is promised."He . . . commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father." [Acts i. 4.]

Etymology: F. promesse, L. promissum, fr. promittere promissum, to put forth, foretell, promise; pro forward, for + mittere to send. See Mission.

verb Prom"ise
  1. To engage to do, give, make, or to refrain from doing, giving, or making, or the like; to covenant; to engage; as, to promise a visit; to promise a cessation of hostilities; to promise the payment of money. "To promiseaid." [Shak.]
  2. To afford reason to expect; to cause hope or assurance of; as, the clouds promise rain.
  3. To make declaration of or give assurance of, as some benefit to be conferred; to pledge or engage to bestow; as, the proprietors promised large tracts of land; the city promised a reward. "I dare promise myself you will attest the truth of all I have advanced." [Rambler.]
verb Prom"ise
  1. To give assurance by a promise, or binding declaration.
  2. To afford hopes or expectation; to give ground to expect good; rarely, to give reason to expect evil."Will not the ladies be afeard of the lion? I fear it, I promise you." [Shak.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Grounds for feeling hopeful about the future ("there is little or no promise that he will recover")
  2. A verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
  3. Make a promise or commitment
  4. Promise to undertake or give ("I promise you my best effort")
  5. Make a prediction about; tell in advance
  6. Give grounds for expectations ("The results promised fame and glory")

From Middle English promis (“promis, promisse”), from Old French promesse, from Medieval Latin promissa, Latin promissum (“a promise”), feminine and neuter of Latin promissus, past participle of promittere (“to send or put forth, let go forward, say beforehand, promise”), from pro (“forth”) + mittere (“to send”); see mission. Compare admit, commit, permit, etc. Displaced native Middle English beheste, bihest (“promise, behest”) (from Old English behǣs (“promise, vow”)), Middle English hight (“promise”) (from Old English hēht, past tense of Old English hātan (“to promise”)), Middle English hat, haut (“promise, vow”) (from Old English ġehāt (“promise, vow”)), Middle English quidde, quid (“saying, promise”). Compare Middle English forhaten, forhauten (“to promise”).

  1. (countable) An oath or affirmation; a vow.
    if I make a , I always stick to it;  he broke his
  2. (countable) A transaction between two persons whereby the first person undertakes in the future to render some service or gift to the second person or devotes something valuable now and here to his use.
  3. (uncountable) Reason to expect improvement or success; potential.
    She shows great as an actress.
  4. (countable, computing, programming) A placeholder object that can be manipulated in code before it has been assigned a value.
  5. (countable, obsolete) Bestowal or fulfillment of what is promised.

promise was also found in the following language(s): French, Italian, Novial, and Romanian

Notable Persons Named Promise

Promise is a hip hop soul rapping and singer-songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to 2000. Promise was born on September 16th, 1982 in Toronto.


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Promise Heme is an athlete for the FC Tulsa.


Promise James is a sports team member for the Kano Pillars F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Promise

Isaac Promise is a soccer player for the Balıkesirspor, Gençlerbirliği S.K., Trabzonspor, Manisaspor, Antalyaspor, Al-Ahli Saudi FC, and Nigeria national football team. Isaac was born on December 2nd, 1987 in Zaria.


Promise is a hip hop soul rapping and singer-songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to 2000. Promise was born on September 16th, 1982 in Toronto.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1975 5 5 0
1976 9 9 0
1977 15 15 0
1978 10 10 0
1979 10 10 0
1980 11 11 0
1981 15 15 0
1982 10 10 0
1983 17 17 0
1984 10 10 0
1985 23 23 0
1986 10 10 0
1987 21 21 0
1988 16 16 0
1989 10 10 0
1990 12 12 0
1991 12 12 0
1992 25 20 5
1993 25 25 0
1994 40 40 0
1995 50 45 5
1996 40 40 0
1997 57 57 0
1998 60 60 0
1999 66 61 5
2000 80 74 6
2001 105 99 6
2002 76 68 8
2003 106 98 8
2004 116 107 9
2005 124 115 9
2006 159 149 10
2007 189 179 10
2008 217 203 14
2009 216 202 14
2010 235 217 18
2011 226 217 9
2012 219 210 9
2013 232 216 16
2014 260 249 11
2015 263 245 18
2016 222 212 10
2017 260 239 21

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Popularity of Promise as a first name

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Popularity of Promise as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Promise U.S.
  White 20.48% 64.26%
  African American 71.43% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.38% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.81% 16.26%

Of Last Name Promise

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

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Fun Facts about the name Promise

  • How Popular is the name Promise? Promise is the 4,437th most popular name of all time. As a last name Promise was the 88,336th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Promise have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,884 babies born with the first name Promise in the United States. That's more than enough people named Promise to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Promise? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Promise first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Promise is Friday, March 25th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Promise born? The highest recorded use of the first name Promise was in 2014 with a total of 249 babies.
  • Random Promise Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Promise is not a popular baby girl's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Promise: Your name in reverse order is Esimorp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Moipesr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Promise? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 210 people with the last name Promise.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Promise? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Promise as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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