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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010


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Fun Facts about the name Red

  • How many people with the first name Red have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 271 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 Dre. 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Red" mean? The list below shows the origins of Red as well as things modernly associated with the name Red such as celebrities named Red.


Origin and Meaning of Red

The name "Red" is of English origin, and it means "Red Haired". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

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.

Red Buttons

Red Buttons is an actor and comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1935 to 2006. Red was born in 1919 as Aaron Chwatt in New York City, New York, U.S.


Red Schoendienst

Red Schoendienst is a MLB player. Red was born in 1923 in Germantown, Illinois.


Other Inspirations for the Name Red

Red Door Spa
Red Hot And Blue
Red Lobster
Red Robin
Red Robin Menu
Red Hen Dc
Red Sox
Red Top Cab
Red Vs Blue

Notable Persons With the Last Name Red

Axelle Red

Axelle Red is a singer and songwriter specializing in pop music music with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1993 to present. Axelle was born in 1968 as Fabienne Demal.


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Ris for responsible, honoring your obligations

Eis for expert, in your chosen career

Dis for dream, your beacon ahead.

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