Sapphire

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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sapphire

"Sapphire" is a name of English origin, and it means "Gemstone". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sap"phire
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  1. [Min] Native alumina or aluminium sesquioxide, Al2O3; corundum; esp., the blue transparent variety of corundum, highly prized as a gem."Of rubies, sapphires, and of pearlés white." [Chaucer.]
  2. The color of the gem; bright blue.
  3. [Zoöl] Any humming bird of the genus Hylocharis, native of South America. The throat and breast are usually bright blue.

Note: Sapphire occurs in hexagonal crystals and also in granular and massive forms. The name sapphire is usually restricted to the blue crystals, while the bright red crystals are called Oriental rubiessee under Ruby), the amethystine variety Oriental amethystsee under Amethyst), and the dull massive varieties corunduma name which is also used as a general term to include all varieties). See Corundum.

Etymology: OE. saphir, F. saphir, L. sapphirus, Gr. �, of Oriental origin; cf. Heb. sappīr

adjective Sap"phire
Of or resembling sapphire; sapphirine; blue.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A light shade of blue
  2. A transparent piece of sapphire that has been cut and polished and is valued as a precious gem
  3. A precious transparent stone of rich blue corundum valued as a gemstone
  4. Of something having the color of a blue sapphire ("sapphire eyes")
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name from the precious stone.

Notable Persons Named Sapphire

Sapphire was born on August 4th, 1950 in Fort Ord.

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Sapphire Elia is an actress. Sapphire was born on April 15th, 1987 in London.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sapphire

Star Sapphire is a comics character.

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Sapphire was born on August 4th, 1950 in Fort Ord.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1979 5 5 0
1980 7 7 0
1981 10 10 0
1982 11 11 0
1983 9 9 0
1984 13 13 0
1985 17 17 0
1986 24 24 0
1987 29 29 0
1988 46 46 0
1989 31 31 0
1990 60 60 0
1991 66 66 0
1992 74 74 0
1993 82 82 0
1994 97 97 0
1995 92 92 0
1996 88 88 0
1997 96 96 0
1998 117 117 0
1999 106 106 0
2000 96 96 0
2001 88 88 0
2002 93 93 0
2003 86 86 0
2004 90 90 0
2005 74 74 0
2006 94 94 0
2007 107 107 0
2008 94 94 0
2009 119 119 0
2010 94 94 0
2011 100 100 0
2012 127 127 0
2013 132 132 0
2014 159 159 0
2015 147 147 0
2016 165 165 0

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Fun Facts about the name Sapphire

  • How Popular is the name Sapphire? Sapphire is the 5,203rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Sapphire have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,945 babies born with the first name Sapphire in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sapphire 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 Sapphire? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1979 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sapphire first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sapphire is Sunday, May 24th, 1891.
  • What year had the most people named Sapphire born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sapphire was in 2016 with a total of 165 babies.
  • Random Sapphire Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sapphire is not a popular baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Sapphire: Your name in reverse order is Erihppas. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ihrpaesp. 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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