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Seth

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Seth

"Seth" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "Appointed". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Seth
An evil beast-headed god with high square ears and a long snout; his was the brother and murderer of Osiris. Called also Set
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Evil Egyptian god with the head of a beast that has high square ears and a long snout; brother and murderer of Osiris
  2. (Old Testament) third son of Adam and Eve; given by God in place of the murdered Abel
Wiktionary

From Hebrew שֵׁת (Šet, “chosen one, anointed”).

  1. The third son of Adam and Eve.
  2. A male given name.
  3. (Egyptian mythology) An ancient Egyptian god, variously described as the god of chaos, the god of thunder and storms, or the god of destruction.

Seth was also found in the following language(s): Italian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Seth

He has had major accomplishments since 1995. Seth was given the name Seth Woodbury MacFarlane on October 26th, 1973 in Kent, Connecticut, U.S.

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Seth Rogen is an actor, filmmaker, and comedian. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Seth was given the name Seth Aaron Rogen on April 15th, 1982 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Seth was born on May 28th, 1986 in Buffalo, Iowa. Seth is also known as Lopez, Colby; Black, and Tyler; Gixx; Taj the Destroyer.

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Seth Green is an actor, writer, producer, comedian, and director. He was most active from 1984 to present. Seth was given the name Seth Benjamin Gesshel-Green on February 8th, 1974 in Overbrook Park, Philadelphia.

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Seth Meyers is a satire, political satire, news satire, improvisational theatre, and sketch comedy comedian. Seth was given the name Seth Adam Meyers on December 28th, 1973 in Evanston, Illinois.

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Seth Curry is a basketball player for the Sacramento Kings, Santa Cruz Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Erie BayHawks, and Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2013. Seth was born on August 23rd, 1990 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Seth

Vikram Seth is a novels, poetry, libretto, travel writing, children's literature, and biography/memoir novelist and poet. He has had major accomplishments since 1980. Vikram was born on June 20th, 1952 in Kolkata.

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Deeksha Seth is an actress and model. She has had major accomplishments since 2009. Deeksha was born on February 14th, 1990 in Delhi.

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Roshan Seth is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1964. Roshan was born on April 2nd, 1942 in Patna.

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Shruti Seth is an actor, model (people), and model. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2003 to present. Shruti was born in Mumbai.

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Soumya Seth is an actress. She was most active from 2011 to present. Soumya was born Soumya Seth on October 17th, 1989 in Varanasi.

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Sushma Seth is an actress. She was most active from 1956 to present.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 25 0 25
1881 35 0 35
1882 31 0 31
1883 26 0 26
1884 21 0 21
1885 34 0 34
1886 23 0 23
1887 18 0 18
1888 30 0 30
1889 27 0 27
1890 15 0 15
1891 22 0 22
1892 29 0 29
1893 15 0 15
1894 14 0 14
1895 18 0 18
1896 11 0 11
1897 19 0 19
1898 14 0 14
1899 11 0 11
1900 27 0 27
1901 15 0 15
1902 10 0 10
1903 18 0 18
1904 14 0 14
1905 17 0 17
1906 17 0 17
1907 20 0 20
1908 20 0 20
1909 23 0 23
1910 15 0 15
1911 22 0 22
1912 41 0 41
1913 66 0 66
1914 67 0 67
1915 80 0 80
1916 84 0 84
1917 81 0 81
1918 100 0 100
1919 86 0 86
1920 109 0 109
1921 109 0 109
1922 95 0 95
1923 94 0 94
1924 83 0 83
1925 96 0 96
1926 82 0 82
1927 68 0 68
1928 74 0 74
1929 64 0 64
1930 55 0 55
1931 56 0 56
1932 66 0 66
1933 70 0 70
1934 71 0 71
1935 56 0 56
1936 52 0 52
1937 60 0 60
1938 65 0 65
1939 61 0 61
1940 57 0 57
1941 70 0 70
1942 82 0 82
1943 84 0 84
1944 63 0 63
1945 77 0 77
1946 90 0 90
1947 91 0 91
1948 99 0 99
1949 139 0 139
1950 132 0 132
1951 119 0 119
1952 128 0 128
1953 174 0 174
1954 217 0 217
1955 215 0 215
1956 247 0 247
1957 260 0 260
1958 315 0 315
1959 292 0 292
1960 341 0 341
1961 329 0 329
1962 316 0 316
1963 292 0 292
1964 347 0 347
1965 325 0 325
1966 342 0 342
1967 400 5 395
1968 525 0 525
1969 582 0 582
1970 793 0 793
1971 781 0 781
1972 876 7 869
1973 1,138 0 1,138
1974 1,419 8 1,411
1975 1,881 12 1,869
1976 2,108 9 2,099
1977 2,304 16 2,288
1978 2,521 17 2,504
1979 2,855 16 2,839
1980 3,066 16 3,050 #99 boy name
1981 3,170 33 3,137 #95 boy name
1982 2,930 20 2,910
1983 2,872 16 2,856 #98 boy name
1984 2,934 20 2,914 #99 boy name
1985 2,841 19 2,822
1986 2,999 21 2,978 #98 boy name
1987 3,352 14 3,338 #89 boy name
1988 3,509 19 3,490 #90 boy name
1989 3,645 11 3,634 #94 boy name
1990 3,570 11 3,559
1991 3,822 16 3,806 #99 boy name
1992 3,924 13 3,911 #94 boy name
1993 4,074 14 4,060 #93 boy name
1994 4,140 7 4,133 #90 boy name
1995 3,920 8 3,912 #96 boy name
1996 3,900 14 3,886
1997 4,050 8 4,042 #97 boy name
1998 4,592 6 4,586 #87 boy name
1999 6,310 6 6,304 #65 boy name
2000 6,724 8 6,716 #63 boy name
2001 6,231 9 6,222 #68 boy name
2002 5,748 11 5,737 #72 boy name
2003 5,263 8 5,255 #80 boy name
2004 5,213 28 5,185 #80 boy name
2005 4,717 7 4,710 #91 boy name
2006 4,337 12 4,325
2007 3,776 9 3,767
2008 3,283 5 3,278
2009 2,940 0 2,940
2010 2,377 0 2,377
2011 2,096 5 2,091
2012 1,810 0 1,810
2013 1,597 5 1,592
2014 1,506 5 1,501
2015 1,339 0 1,339
2016 1,147 0 1,147

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Popularity of Seth as a first name

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Popularity of Seth as a last name

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Common last names for Seth

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Thomas
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Robinson
  • Martin
  • Young
  • Walker

Common first names for Seth

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Seth U.S.
  White 39.80% 64.26%
  African American 8.91% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 46.14% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.78% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Seth

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

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Fun Facts about the name Seth

  • How Popular is the name Seth? Seth is the 447th most popular name of all time. As a last name Seth was the 9,701st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Seth have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 159,897 babies born with the first name Seth in the United States. That's more than enough people named Seth to occupy the territory of Guam (USA) with an estimated population of 159,358 (as of April 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Seth? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 25 new born babies.
  • When was Seth first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Seth is Thursday, January 4th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Seth born? The highest recorded use of the first name Seth was in 2000 with a total of 6,716 babies. That's a lot of babies named Seth!
  • Random Seth Factoid: According to the 1994 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Seth ranks 69th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, 84 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1994.
  • Weird things about the name Seth: Your name in reverse order is Htes. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Seth. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Seth? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,344 people with the last name Seth.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Seth? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Seth as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • 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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