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Origin and Meaning of Sea

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  • A submission from Arizona, United States says the name Sea means "Ocean (Old English and Anglo-Saxon); fierce, wild (Latin)" and is of Old English origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sea
  1. One of the larger bodies of salt water, less than an ocean, found on the earth's surface; a body of salt water of second rank, generally forming part of, or connecting with, an ocean or a larger sea; as, the Mediterranean Sea; the Sea of Marmora; the North Sea; the Carribean Sea .
  2. An inland body of water, esp. if large or if salt or brackish; as, the Caspian Sea; the Sea of Aral; sometimes, a small fresh-water lake; as, the Sea of Galilee.
  3. The ocean; the whole body of the salt water which covers a large part of the globe."I marvel how the fishes live in the sea." [Shak.]"Ambiguous between sea and land The river horse and scaly crocodile." [Milton.]
  4. The swell of the ocean or other body of water in a high wind; motion or agitation of the water's surface; also, a single wave; a billow; as, there was a high sea after the storm; the vessel shipped a sea .
  5. [Jewish Antiq] A great brazen laver in the temple at Jerusalem; -- so called from its size."He made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim, round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof." [2 Chron. iv. 2.]
  6. Fig.: Anything resembling the sea in vastness; as, a sea of glory."All the space . . . was one sea of heads." [Macaulay.]

Note: Sea is often used in the composition of words of obvious signification; as, sea-bathed, sea-beaten, sea-bound, sea-bred, sea-circled, sealike, sea-nursed, sea-tossed, sea-walled, sea-worn, and the like. It is also used either adjectively or in combination with substantives; as, sea bird, sea-bird, or seabird, sea acorn, or sea-acorn.

Etymology: OE. see, AS. ; akin to D. zee, OS. & OHG. sēo, G. see, OFries. se, Dan. , Sw. sjö, Icel. sær, Goth. saiws, and perhaps to L. saevus fierce, savage. √151a

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  1. A division of an ocean or a large body of salt water partially enclosed by land
  2. Turbulent water with swells of considerable size ("heavy seas")
  3. Anything apparently limitless in quantity or volume

From Middle English see, from Old English (“sea, lake”), from Proto-Germanic *saiwiz (compare West Frisian see, Dutch zee, German See, Norwegian sjø, Swedish sjö), probably either from Proto-Indo-European *sh₂ey-u̯o- 'to be fierce, afflict' (compare Latin saevus (“wild, fierce”), Tocharian saiwe (“itch”), Latvian sievs, sīvs (“sharp, biting”); more at sore) or derived from *sīhwaną (“to percolate, filter”), in which case *saiwiz is from earlier *saigwiz, Pre-Germanic *soykʷís.

  1. A large body of salt water.
    1. The ocean; the continuous body of salt water covering a majority of the Earth's surface.
    2. A body of salt water smaller than an ocean, generally forming part of, or connecting with, an ocean or a larger sea.
      The Mediterranean , the Caribbean , the of Crete, etc.
  2. A lake, especially if large or if salty or brackish.
    The Caspian , the of Galilee, the Salton , etc.
  3. The swell of the sea; a single wave; billow.
  4. (attributive, in combination) Living or used in or on the sea; of, near, or like the sea.
    man, gauge, monster, horse, level, worthy, port, board, etc.
  5. (figuratively) Anything resembling the vastness of the sea.
  6. (planetology) A large, dark plain of rock; a mare.
    The Apollo 11 mission landed in the of Tranquility.
  7. (planetology) A very large lake of liquid hydrocarbon.

sea was also found in the following language(s): Irish, Old Irish, Old Swedish, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Sea

Sea Hag is a witch and witchcraft.


Sea Kumada is an actor, tarento, and actress. She was most active from 2007 to present. Sea was born on July 18th, 2001 in Tokyo.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Sea

Daniela Sea is a musician, actor, performance art, and juggling. She plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Accordion, and Tin whistle. She has had major accomplishments since 1990. Daniela was born in Malibu, California. Daniela is also known as Dan-yella Dyslexia and Little Prince.


Johnny Sea is a country music musician, singer, song writer. gun engraver, artist, crop duster pilot, rancher, steam locomotive engineer, and cowboy. His most notable accomplishments were from 1958 to present. Johnny was given the name John Allan Seay, Jr. on July 15th, 1940. Johnny is also known as Johnny Seay, John Tyson Seay, and John Luther Seay.


He holds the title Tuiagaifo (King) of Alo (Futuna) and Tuiagaifo (King)ofAlo (Futuna). He was most prominent from 17 to 17.


William Sea is a soccer player for the Stade Brestois 29, SC Bastia, AC Ajaccio, and USC Corte. William was born on March 3rd, 1992 in Juvisy-sur-Orge.


The is also known as Lady of the Sea and Water.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sea U.S.
  White 47.00% 64.26%
  African American 18.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 26.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sea

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sea

  • How Popular is the name Sea? Sea is the 60,993rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Sea was the 26,576th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sea have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 21 babies born with the first name Sea in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sea? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1982 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sea first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sea is Tuesday, May 20th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Sea born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sea was in 1985 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Sea: Your name in reverse order is Aes. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ase. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sea? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 917 people with the last name Sea.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sea? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sea as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k 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).
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