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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Reeve
The female of the ruff.
verb Reeve
To pass, as the end of a pope, through any hole in a block, thimble, cleat, ringbolt, cringle, or the like.

Etymology: Cf. D. reven. See Reef (n.) & (v. t.)

noun Reeve
an officer, steward, bailiff, or governor; -- used chiefly in compounds; as, shire reeve, now written sheriff; port reeve, etc.

Etymology: OE. reve, AS. gerēfa. Cf. Sheriff

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Female ruff
  2. Fasten by passing through a hole or around something
  3. Pass through a hole or opening ("reeve a rope")
  4. Pass a rope through ("reeve an opening")
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From Old English rēfa, an aphetism of ġerēfa. Cognate to Danish greve, Swedish greve. Role, and later word, mostly replaced by bailiff, of Anglo-Norman origin.

  1. (historical) Any of several local officials, with varying responsibilities.
  2. (Canada) The president of a township or municipal district council.
  3. (military, historical) A proposed but unadopted commissioned rank of the Royal Air Force equivalent to wing commander.

Apparent alternative form of reef (“to pull or yank strongly”, verb)

    Notable Persons Named Reeve

    Reeve Carney is an indie rock, blues rock, and alternative rock singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He plays Human voice and Guitar. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Reeve was born on April 18th, 1983 in West Village.

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    Reeve was born in 1936.

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    Reeve McKay was a baseball player. Reeve was born on November 16th, 1881 in Morgan, Texas. He passed away on January 18th, 1946.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Reeve

    Christopher Reeve was an actor, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and activist. He was most prominent from 1974 to 2004. Christopher was given the name Christopher D'Olier Reeve by his parents F. D. Reeve, Maiden, and married names on September 25th, 1952 in New York City, United States. He left this life on October 10th, 2004.

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    Dana Reeve was an actress, singer, and activist. Her career lasted from 1990 to 2006. Dana was given the name Dana Charles Morosini on March 17th, 1961 in Teaneck, New Jersey, United States. She breathed her last breath on March 6th, 2006.

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    Simon Reeve is an author and television presenter. Simon was born on July 21st, 1972 in London.

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    Philip Reeve is a writer. He has been prominent since 2001. Philip was born on February 28th, 1966 in Brighton, Sussex, England.

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    Matthew was born on December 20th, 1979.

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    Cheryl Reeve is a basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx, La Salle Explorers women's basketball, George Washington Colonials, Indiana State Sycamores, Charlotte Sting, Cleveland Rockers, and Detroit Shock in the Women's National Basketball Association. Cheryl was born on September 20th, 1966.

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1913 5 0 5
    1920 5 0 5
    1931 6 0 6
    1946 5 0 5
    1955 5 0 5
    1957 5 0 5
    1958 5 0 5
    1970 6 0 6
    1972 5 0 5
    1974 7 0 7
    1979 6 0 6
    1981 5 0 5
    1982 7 0 7
    1983 5 0 5
    1986 7 0 7
    1988 7 0 7
    1990 5 0 5
    1991 7 0 7
    1992 8 0 8
    1993 8 0 8
    1994 10 0 10
    1995 13 0 13
    1996 6 0 6
    1997 5 0 5
    1998 9 0 9
    1999 20 7 13
    2000 17 5 12
    2001 10 0 10
    2002 22 6 16
    2003 29 11 18
    2004 32 6 26
    2005 31 8 23
    2006 31 9 22
    2007 39 12 27
    2008 28 6 22
    2009 44 9 35
    2010 28 7 21
    2011 41 8 33
    2012 35 6 29
    2013 50 13 37
    2014 54 13 41
    2015 49 12 37
    2016 62 12 50
    2017 68 23 45

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Reeve U.S.
      White 92.36% 64.26%
      African American 1.28% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.94% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.70% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Reeve are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Reeve

    • How Popular is the name Reeve? Reeve is the 11,690th most popular name of all time. As a last name Reeve was the 6,312th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Reeve have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 852 babies born with the first name Reeve in the United States. That's more than enough people named Reeve to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Reeve? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1913 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Reeve first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Reeve is Wednesday, November 16th, 1881.
    • What year had the most people named Reeve born? The highest recorded use of the first name Reeve was in 2016 with a total of 50 babies.
    • Random Reeve Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Reeve is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 2015.
    • Weird things about the name Reeve: Your name in reverse order is Eveer. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Vreee. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Reeve? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,406 people with the last name Reeve.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Reeve? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Reeve 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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