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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Re*cord"
  1. To recall to mind; to recollect; to remember; to meditate.(Obs)"I it you record." [Chaucer.]
  2. To repeat; to recite; to sing or play.(Obs)"They longed to see the day, to hear the lark Record her hymns, and chant her carols blest." [Fairfax.]
  3. To preserve the memory of, by committing to writing, to printing, to inscription, or the like; to make note of; to write or enter in a book or on parchment, for the purpose of preserving authentic evidence of; to register; to enroll; as, to record the proceedings of a court; to record historical events. "Those things that are recorded of him . . . are written in the chronicles of the kings." [1 Esd. i. 42.]

Etymology: OE. recorden to repeat, remind, F. recorder, fr. L. recordari to remember; pref. re- re- + cor cordis, the heart or mind. See Cordial Heart

verb Re*cord"
  1. To reflect; to ponder.(Obs)"Praying all the way, and recording upon the words which he before had read." [Fuller.]
  2. To sing or repeat a tune.(Obs)"Whether the birds or she recorded best." [W. Browne.]
noun Rec"ord
  1. A writing by which some act or event, or a number of acts or events, is recorded; a register; as, a record of the acts of the Hebrew kings; a record of the variations of temperature during a certain time; a family record .
    1. An official contemporaneous writing by which the acts of some public body, or public officer, are recorded; as, a record of city ordinances; the records of the receiver of taxes.
    2. An authentic official copy of a document which has been entered in a book, or deposited in the keeping of some officer designated by law.
    3. An official contemporaneous memorandum stating the proceedings of a court of justice; a judicial record.
    4. The various legal papers used in a case, together with memoranda of the proceedings of the court; as, it is not permissible to allege facts not in the record .
  2. Testimony; witness; attestation."John bare record, saying." [John i. 32.]
  3. That which serves to perpetuate a knowledge of acts or events; a monument; a memorial.
  4. That which has been, or might be, recorded; the known facts in the course, progress, or duration of anything, as in the life of a public man; as, a politician with a good or a bad record .
  5. That which has been publicly achieved in any kind of competitive sport as recorded in some authoritative manner, as the time made by a winning horse in a race.

Etymology: OF. recort record, remembrance, attestation, record. See Record (v. t.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The sum of recognized accomplishments ("the lawyer has a good record" and "the track record shows that he will be a good president")
  2. An extreme attainment; the best (or worst) performance ever attested (as in a sport) ("he tied the Olympic record", "coffee production last year broke all previous records", and "Chicago set the homicide record")
  3. Sound recording consisting of a disk with a continuous groove; used to reproduce music by rotating while a phonograph needle tracks in the groove
  4. A list of crimes for which an accused person has been previously convicted ("he ruled that the criminal record of the defendant could not be disclosed to the court" and "the prostitute had a record a mile long")
  5. A compilation of the known facts regarding something or someone ("Al Smith used to say, `Let's look at the record'" and "his name is in all the record books")
  6. Anything (such as a document or a phonograph record or a photograph) providing permanent evidence of or information about past events ("the film provided a valuable record of stage techniques")
  7. A document that can serve as legal evidence of a transaction ("they could find no record of the purchase")
  8. The number of wins versus losses and ties a team has had ("at 9-0 they have the best record in their league")
  9. Indicate a certain reading; of gauges and instruments
  10. Register electronically ("They recorded her singing")
  11. Make a record of; set down in permanent form
  12. Be aware of

From Middle English, a borrowing from Old French record, from recorder. See record (verb).

  1. An item of information put into a temporary or permanent physical medium.
    The person had a of the interview so she could review her notes.
    The tourist's photographs and the tape of the police call provide a of the crime.
  2. Any instance of a physical medium on which information was put for the purpose of preserving it and making it available for future reference.
    We have no of you making this payment to us.
  3. A vinyl disc on which sound is recorded and may be replayed on a phonograph.
    I still like better than CDs.
  4. (computing) A set of data relating to a single individual or item.
  5. The most extreme known value of some achievement, particularly in competitive events.
    The heat and humidity were both new .
    The team set a new for most points scored in a game.

From Middle English recorden (“to repeat, to report”), a borrowing from Old French recorder (“to get by heart”), from Latin recordārī, present active infinitive of recordor (“remember, call to mind”), from re- (“back, again”) + cor (“heart; mind”).

    record was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Record

    Eugene Record is a musical artist.


    Neil Record is a chairman and record currency management. He was most active from 1977 to present. Neil was given the name Neil Peter Record on June 26th, 1953.


    Josh Record is an acoustic music and alternative rock musician. His ongoing career started in 2012. Josh was given the name Joshua Peter Record on November 20th, 1987 in Stroud.


    James Ralph Record was a politician. James was born on December 27th, 1918 in New Market, Alabama. He passed away on December 1st, 1996.


    George was born in 1859. He died on September 27th, 1933.


    Samuel was born on March 10th, 1881. He passed away on February 3rd, 1945.


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    Popularity of Record as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Record U.S.
      White 86.26% 64.26%
      African American 7.48% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.91% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.28% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.45% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Record

    People with the last name Record are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Record

    • How Popular is the name Record? Record is the 80,788th most popular name of all time. As a last name Record was the 9,262nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Record have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Record in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Record? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2007 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Record first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Record is Saturday, September 8th, 1894.
    • What year had the most people named Record born? The highest recorded use of the first name Record was in 2007 with a total of 6 babies.
    • Random Record Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Record is not a popular baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 2007.
    • Weird things about the name Record: Your name in reverse order is Drocer. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Odrerc. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Record? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,515 people with the last name Record.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Record? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Record as their last name.

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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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