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Origin and Meaning of Rain

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun and verb Rain
noun Rain
Water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water from the clouds in drops.

Note: Rain is distinguished from mist by the size of the drops, which are distinctly visible. When water falls in very small drops or particles, it is called mist; and fog is composed of particles so fine as to be not only individually indistinguishable, but to float or be suspended in the air. See Fog, and Mist.

Etymology: OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries. rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw. regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet; cf. Gr. bre`chein to wet, to rain

verb Rain
  1. To fall in drops from the clouds, as water; -- used mostly with it for a nominative; as, it rains ."The rain it raineth every day." [Shak.]
  2. To fall or drop like water from the clouds; as, tears rained from their eyes.

Etymology: AS. regnian, akin to G. regnen, Goth. rignjan. See Rain (n.)

verb Rain
  1. To pour or shower down from above, like rain from the clouds."Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you." [Ex. xvi. 4.]
  2. To bestow in a profuse or abundant manner; as, to rain favors upon a person.
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  1. Anything happening rapidly or in quick successive ("a rain of bullets")
  2. Water falling in drops from vapor condensed in the atmosphere
  3. Drops of fresh water that fall as precipitation from clouds
  4. Precipitate as rain ("If it rains much more, we can expect some flooding")

From Middle English reyn, rein, from Old English rēn, reġn (“rain”), from Proto-Germanic *regnaz (“rain”) (compare West Frisian rein, Dutch regen, German Regen, Danish and Norwegian regn), of uncertain origin. Possibly from pre-Germanic *Hréǵ-no-, from Proto-Indo-European *Hreǵ- (“to flow”) (compare Latin rigō (“wet, soak”), Lithuanian rõki (“drizzling rain”), Albanian rrjedh (“to flow, drip”)), although the consonant reflexes don't match.

  1. Condensed water falling from a cloud.
    We've been having a lot of lately.
    The came late that year.
  2. (figuratively) Any matter moving or falling, usually through air, and especially if liquid or otherwise figuratively identifiable with raindrops.
  3. (figuratively) An instance of particles or larger pieces of matter moving or falling through air.
    A of mortar fire fell on our trenches.

rain was also found in the following language(s): Japanese, Sera, and Sissano

Notable Persons Named Rain

Rain is a singer-songwriter, dance, record producer, actor, and dancer. Rain was given the name Jung Ji Hoon on June 25th, 1982 in Seosan.


Rain Phoenix is an actress and musician. She was most active from 1982 to present. Rain was given the name Rain Joan of Arc Bottom by her parent Arlyn Phoenix on November 21st, 1972 in Crockett, Texas, US.


Rain Pryor is an actor, comedian, actress, and comedienne. Her ongoing career started in 1988. Rain was born on July 16th, 1969 in Los Angeles.


Rain Veideman is a basketball player for the BC Kalev/Cramo, Rakvere Tarvas, Tartu Ülikool/Rock, and Medi Bayreuth in the Korvpalli Meistriliiga, VTB United League, and FIBA Europe Cup. He was most active from 2007 to present. Rain was born on October 1st, 1991 in Haljala, Estonia.


Rain was born on November 9th, 1966.


Rain Sultanov is an ethno jazz, jazz, and jazz fusion jazz saxophonist, composer, and jazz. He was most prominent from 1995 to present. Rain was born on April 29th, 1965 in Baku.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rain

Rain is a singer-songwriter, dance, record producer, actor, and dancer. Rain was given the name Jung Ji Hoon on June 25th, 1982 in Seosan.


Douglas Rain is an actor. Douglas was born in 1928 in Winnipeg.


Jeramie Rain is an actress. Jeramie was born on August 23rd, 1948 in United States.


Mandy Rain is a pop, dance, urban pop, pop rock, pop music, dance music, and contemporary r&b singer-songwriter, actor, and dance. She plays Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Mandy was given the name Amanda Moseley on December 20th, 1993 in Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Mandy is also known as Rain and Mandy.


Dr David Rain was a fantasy and science fiction writer. He was most active from 1997 to 2014. Dr was born on May 2nd, 1961 in Mount Gambier, South Australia. He breathed his last breath on December 15th, 2015.


Gavin was born on March 23rd, 1971 in Cape Town.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1956 5 5 0
1962 6 6 0
1969 7 7 0
1970 11 11 0
1971 24 16 8
1972 18 18 0
1973 9 9 0
1974 5 5 0
1975 15 15 0
1976 6 6 0
1978 10 10 0
1979 15 15 0
1981 6 6 0
1983 5 5 0
1985 6 6 0
1988 5 0 5
1989 7 7 0
1990 24 12 12
1991 18 13 5
1992 21 14 7
1993 26 19 7
1994 44 34 10
1995 56 45 11
1996 67 46 21
1997 65 43 22
1998 74 56 18
1999 71 53 18
2000 80 59 21
2001 96 81 15
2002 116 93 23
2003 141 124 17
2004 87 75 12
2005 98 86 12
2006 125 101 24
2007 164 126 38
2008 145 110 35
2009 147 112 35
2010 132 103 29
2011 143 109 34
2012 157 120 37
2013 159 137 22
2014 137 102 35
2015 128 94 34
2016 127 96 31
2017 134 88 46
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Popularity of Rain as a first name

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Popularity of Rain as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Rain U.S.
  White 74.64% 64.26%
  African American 6.01% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 8.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.97% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.46% 16.26%

Of Last Name Rain

People with the last name Rain are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Rain

  • How Popular is the name Rain? Rain is the 5,272nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Rain was the 26,630th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Rain have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,942 babies born with the first name Rain in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rain 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 Rain? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1956 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rain first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rain is Saturday, February 16th, 1889.
  • What year had the most people named Rain born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rain was in 2013 with a total of 137 babies.
  • Random Rain Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rain is not a popular baby girl's name in Washington. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Rain: Your name in reverse order is Niar. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ianr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Rain? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 915 people with the last name Rain.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Rain? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Rain as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k 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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