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Origin and Meaning of Red

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  • A submission from Pennsylvania, United States says the name Red means "Beauty" and is of English origin.
  • A submission from Australia says the name Red means "A super winner".
  • A submission from Ohio, United States says the name Red means "Wild" and is of English origin.
Other origins: Indian (Sanskrit)

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
(imp. & p. p.) of Read.
verb Red
To put on order; to make tidy; also, to free from entanglement or embarrassement; -- generally with up; as, to red up a house.
adjective Red
Of the color of blood, or of a tint resembling that color; of the hue of that part of the rainbow, or of the solar spectrum, which is furthest from the violet part.

Note: Red is a general term, including many different shades or hues, as scarlet, crimson, vermilion, orange red, and the like.

Note: Red is often used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, red-breasted, red-cheeked, red-faced, red-haired, red-headed, red-skinned, red-tailed, red-topped, red-whiskered, red-coasted.

Etymology: OE. red reed, AS. reád reód; akin to OS. rōd, OFries. rād, D. rood, G. roht rot, OHG. rōt, Dan. & Sw. röd, Icel. rauðr rjōðr, Goth. ráuds, W. rhudd, Armor. ruz, Ir. & Gael. ruadh, L. ruber rufus, Gr. 'eryqro`s, Skr. rudhira rohita; cf. L. rutilus. √113. Cf. Erysipelas Rouge Rubric Ruby Ruddy Russet Rust

noun Red
  1. The color of blood, or of that part of the spectrum farthest from violet, or a tint resembling these."Celestial rosy red, love's proper hue." [Milton.]
  2. A red pigment.
  3. [European Politics] An abbreviation for Red Republican. See under Red, (a.) (Cant)
  4. pl.[Med] The menses.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Red color or pigment; the chromatic color resembling the hue of blood
  2. A tributary of the Mississippi River that flows eastward from Texas along the southern boundary of Oklahoma and through Louisiana
  3. Emotionally charged terms used to refer to extreme radicals or revolutionaries
  4. The amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue ("the company operated in the red last year")
  5. Characterized by violence or bloodshed ("convulsed with red rage")
  6. Of a color at the end of the color spectrum (next to orange); resembling the color of blood or cherries or tomatoes or rubies
  7. (especially of the face) reddened or suffused with or as if with blood from emotion or exertion ("turned red from exertion", "with puffy reddened eyes", and "red-faced and violent")
  1. A nickname given to someone who has or had red hair.
  2. A Communist
  3. A supporter of a sports team who wears red as part of their kit.

Notable Persons Named Red

Red Hood is a comics character.


Red Skelton was a comedian. Red was given the name Richard Bernard Skelton on July 18th, 1913 in Vincennes, Indiana, United States. He breathed his last breath on September 17th, 1997.


Red Skull is a comics character.


Red John is a sheriff of napa county, california, and sheriff. Red is also known as Roy Tagliaferro; Dr. Joe N.H.; McAllister; Jay Roth.


Red was given the name Maȟpíya Lúta in 1822 in near North Platte, Nebraska. He breathed his last breath on December 10th, 1909.


Red Auerbach is a basketball player. Red was born on September 20th, 1917 in Brooklyn.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Red

Omega Red is a comics character.


Amazing Red is a wrestler. Amazing was born on April 26th, 1982 in Cayey, Puerto Rico.


Rubén de la Red is a soccer player for the Getafe CF B, Real Madrid C.F., Real Madrid Castilla, Getafe CF, Spain national under-19 football team, Spain national under-21 football team, and Spain national football team. Rubén was born on June 5th, 1985 in Móstoles.


Erik the Red is a comics character.


Tampa Red was a chicago blues musician. He plays Piano, Slide guitar, Kazoo, and Human voice. His career lasted from 1920 to 1920. Tampa was given the name Hudson Woodbridge on January 8th, 1904 in Smithville, Georgia. Tampa is also known as Hudson Whittaker. He died on March 19th, 1981.


Russian Red is an indie, folk, independent music, and folk music musician. She was most prominent from 2007 to present. Russian was born on November 20th, 1985 in Madrid. Russian is also known as Lourdes Hernández González and Russian Red.


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Popularity of Red as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Red U.S.
  White 58.28% 64.26%
  African American 22.10% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.02% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 3.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.60% 16.26%

Of Last Name Red

People with the last name Red are most frequently White, African American, or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Red

  • How Popular is the name Red? Red is the 22,106th most popular name of all time. As a last name Red was the 16,824th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Red have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 291 babies born with the first name Red in the United States. That's more than enough people named Red to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Red? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1888 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Red first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Red is Thursday, December 3rd, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Red born? The highest recorded use of the first name Red was in 1925 with a total of 16 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Red: Your name in reverse order is Der. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Edr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Red? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,697 people with the last name Red.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Red? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Red as their last name since less than 1 person in 172k 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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