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Origin and Meaning of Reign

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  • A submission from Northern Mariana Islands says the name Reign means "It's means my brother".
  • A submission from South Africa says the name Reign means "Gift of God".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Reign
  1. Royal authority; supreme power; sovereignty; rule; dominion."He who like a father held his reign." [Pope.]"Saturn's sons received the threefold reign Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath." [Prior.]
  2. The territory or sphere which is reigned over; kingdom; empire; realm; dominion.(Obs)"God] him bereft the regne that he had." [Chaucer.]
  3. The time during which a king, queen, or emperor possesses the supreme authority; as, it happened in the reign of Elizabeth.

Etymology: OE. regne, OF. reigne regne, F. règne, fr. L. regnum, fr. rex regis, a king, fr. regere to guide, rule. See Regal Regimen

verb Reign
  1. To possess or exercise sovereign power or authority; to exercise government, as a king or emperor;; to hold supreme power; to rule."We will not have this man to reign over us." [Luke xix. 14.]"Shall Banquo's issue ever Reign in this kingdom?" [Shak.]
  2. Hence, to be predominant; to prevail."Pestilent diseases which commonly reignin summer." [Bacon.]
  3. To have superior or uncontrolled dominion; to rule."Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body." [Rom. vi. 12.]
    synonyms: To rule; govern; direct; control; prevail.

Etymology: OE. regnen reinen, OF. regner, F. régner, fr. L. regnare, fr. regnum. See Reign (n.)

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  1. Royal authority; the dominion of a monarch
  2. The period during which a monarch is sovereign ("during the reign of Henry VIII")
  3. A period during which something or somebody is dominant or powerful ("he was helpless under the reign of his egotism")
  4. Have sovereign power ("Henry VIII reigned for a long time")
  5. Be larger in number, quantity, power, status or importance ("Money reigns supreme here")
  1. A male given name
  2. A female given name

Notable Persons With the Last Name Reign

Tasha was given the name Rachel Swimmer on January 15th, 1989 in Laguna Beach, California, U.S.


P Reign is a hip hop music songwriter and rapping. His ongoing career started in 2008. P was born on January 8th, 1986. P is also known as The King, The Canadian Dream, and The King of Da North.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1994 5 0 5
1996 6 6 0
1997 6 6 0
1998 22 14 8
1999 19 11 8
2000 16 8 8
2001 39 29 10
2002 40 26 14
2003 75 42 33
2004 48 30 18
2005 54 25 29
2006 47 26 21
2007 80 48 32
2008 80 61 19
2009 100 64 36
2010 128 81 47
2011 99 71 28
2012 112 68 44
2013 122 97 25
2014 181 134 47
2015 352 232 120
2016 502 344 158
2017 622 407 215
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Fun Facts about the name Reign

  • How Popular is the name Reign? Reign is the 5,517th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Reign have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,755 babies born with the first name Reign in the United States. That's more than enough people named Reign 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 Reign? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1994 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Reign first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Reign is Wednesday, January 20th, 1892.
  • What year had the most people named Reign born? The highest recorded use of the first name Reign was in 2017 with a total of 407 babies.
  • Random Reign Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Reign is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Reign: Your name in reverse order is Ngier. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Grein. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
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