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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Queen

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  • A user from New York, United States says the name Queen is of Unknown origin and means "Gift of god".
  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Queen means "Lady Leader" and is of English origin.
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Queen is of African origin and means "A person who rules a country of a pi rod of time".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Queen
Senses
  1. The wife of a king.
  2. A woman who is the sovereign of a kingdom; a female monarch; as, Elizabeth, queen of England; Mary, queen of Scots. "In faith, and by the heaven's quene." [Chaucer.]
  3. A woman eminent in power or attractions; the highest of her kind; as, a queen in society; -- also used figuratively of cities, countries, etc. "This queenof cities.""Albion, queenof isles." [Cowper.]
  4. The fertile, or fully developed, female of social bees, ants, and termites.
  5. [Chess] The most powerful, and except the king the most important, piece in a set of chessmen.
  6. A playing card bearing the picture of a queen; as, the queen of spades.

Etymology: OE. quen quene, queen, quean, AS. cwēn wife, queen, woman; akin to OS. quān wife, woman, Icel. kvān wife, queen, Goth. qēns. √221. See Quean

verb Queen
To act the part of a queen.
verb Queen
To make a queen (or other piece, at the player's discretion) of by moving it to the eighth row; as, to queen a pawn.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Female cat
  2. The only fertile female in a colony of social insects such as bees and ants and termites; its function is to lay eggs
  3. An especially large mole rat and the only member of a colony of naked mole rats to bear offspring which are sired by only a few males
  4. (chess) the most powerful piece
  5. One of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a queen
  6. Offensive term for a homosexual man
  7. A competitor who holds a preeminent position
  8. A female sovereign ruler
  9. The wife or widow of a king
  10. Something personified as a woman who is considered the best or most important of her kind ("Paris is the queen of cities" and "the queen of ocean liners")
  11. Become a queen ("her pawn queened")
  12. Promote to a queen, as of a pawn in chess
Wiktionary
  1. A title given to queens.
    Elizabeth II
  2. A surname​, originating as a nickname

Queen was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Queen

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Queen Seondeok of Silla is a monarch. She holds the title Queen of Silla and QueenofSilla. Her career lasted from 632 to 647.

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Queen Ana Nzinga was royalty. She left this life on December 17th, 1663.

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Queen of Heaven is a saint. They hold the title Queen of Heaven, Great Lady, and Holy Queen.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Queen

Oliver is also known as "The Hood", "Arrow", "Al Sah-him", and "Green Arrow".

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The Queen is a fictional character.

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Evil Queen is a magician (fantasy), witchcraft, queen dowager, and queen regnant. Evil is also known as Evil Queen, Wicked Queen, Queen Grimhilde, Witch, Wicked Witch, Old Witch, Witch Queen, Queen-witch, Queen of Darkness, Old Hag, Snow White's stepmother, and Queen of Darkness (Once Upon a Time).

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 17 17 0
1881 15 15 0
1882 11 11 0
1883 10 10 0
1884 14 14 0
1885 17 17 0
1886 32 32 0
1887 21 21 0
1888 25 25 0
1889 31 31 0
1890 25 25 0
1891 32 32 0
1892 32 32 0
1893 33 33 0
1894 32 32 0
1895 34 34 0
1896 28 28 0
1897 47 47 0
1898 42 42 0
1899 40 40 0
1900 67 67 0
1901 44 44 0
1902 47 47 0
1903 52 52 0
1904 56 56 0
1905 70 70 0
1906 53 53 0
1907 91 91 0
1908 62 62 0
1909 75 75 0
1910 80 80 0
1911 100 100 0
1912 116 116 0
1913 126 126 0
1914 148 148 0
1915 140 140 0
1916 172 172 0
1917 181 181 0
1918 222 216 6
1919 232 232 0
1920 228 228 0
1921 204 204 0
1922 232 232 0
1923 248 248 0
1924 249 249 0
1925 252 252 0
1926 246 246 0
1927 263 263 0
1928 263 258 5
1929 259 259 0
1930 199 199 0
1931 225 225 0
1932 247 247 0
1933 236 230 6
1934 223 223 0
1935 230 221 9
1936 203 203 0
1937 229 229 0
1938 226 226 0
1939 224 224 0
1940 197 197 0
1941 178 178 0
1942 224 224 0
1943 255 255 0
1944 193 193 0
1945 195 195 0
1946 234 234 0
1947 237 237 0
1948 219 219 0
1949 225 220 5
1950 244 244 0
1951 208 208 0
1952 219 219 0
1953 200 200 0
1954 203 203 0
1955 180 180 0
1956 169 169 0
1957 131 131 0
1958 109 109 0
1959 140 140 0
1960 107 107 0
1961 112 112 0
1962 99 99 0
1963 84 84 0
1964 73 73 0
1965 69 69 0
1966 69 69 0
1967 41 41 0
1968 31 31 0
1969 37 37 0
1970 24 24 0
1971 19 19 0
1972 30 30 0
1973 17 17 0
1974 27 27 0
1975 21 21 0
1976 16 16 0
1977 22 22 0
1978 20 20 0
1979 34 34 0
1980 34 34 0
1981 35 35 0
1982 25 25 0
1983 15 15 0
1984 23 23 0
1985 18 18 0
1986 20 20 0
1987 9 9 0
1988 20 20 0
1989 14 14 0
1990 28 28 0
1991 20 20 0
1992 37 37 0
1993 84 84 0
1994 65 65 0
1995 48 48 0
1996 38 38 0
1997 51 51 0
1998 59 59 0
1999 63 63 0
2000 59 59 0
2001 58 58 0
2002 52 52 0
2003 68 68 0
2004 57 57 0
2005 56 56 0
2006 59 59 0
2007 61 61 0
2008 46 46 0
2009 58 58 0
2010 71 71 0
2011 50 50 0
2012 87 87 0
2013 126 126 0
2014 147 147 0
2015 148 148 0
2016 197 197 0

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Popularity of Queen as a first name

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Popularity of Queen as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Queen U.S.
  White 75.42% 64.26%
  African American 18.63% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.84% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Queen

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

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Fun Facts about the name Queen

  • How Popular is the name Queen? Queen is the 2,020th most popular name of all time. As a last name Queen was the 1,945th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Queen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14,376 babies born with the first name Queen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Queen to occupy the territory of Wallis and Futuna (France) with an estimated population of 13,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Queen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Queen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Queen is Friday, January 1st, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Queen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Queen was in 1927 with a total of 263 babies.
  • Random Queen Factoid: According to the 1946 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Queen is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1946.
  • Weird things about the name Queen: Your name in reverse order is Neeuq. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Qeeun. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Queen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 18,557 people with the last name Queen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Queen? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Queen as their last name.

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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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