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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sherlock

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  1. Someone who can be employed as a detective to collect information

Supposedly from an Old English scir-lock "bright-lock". One of a group of surnames originally denoting hair colour, parallel to Blacklock, Harlock (har "grey"), Silverlock. In the computing verb sense, refers to Sherlock (software), which came to replicate some of the features of an earlier program called Watson.

  1. An English surname​.
  2. A rare male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. (humorous) A detective (from Sherlock Holmes), especially used ironically to address somebody who has stated the obvious.

Notable Persons Named Sherlock

Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character.


Sherlock Hemlock is a fictional character.


Sherlock was born on November 17th, 1801 in Wallingford, Connecticut. He breathed his last breath on February 11th, 1880.


Sherlock was born on June 5th, 1815. He passed away on September 26th, 1906.


He died on June 21st, 2012.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sherlock

Amber Sherlock is a journalist, presenter, and reporter. Amber was born in 1 in Sydney.


Jayson Sherlock is a christian metal, unblack metal, doom metal, death metal, and thrash metal musician and graphic designer. His ongoing career started in 1990. Jayson was born on July 12th, 1970. Jayson is also known as Anonymous".


Jason Sherlock is a soccer player for the University College Dublin A.F.C., Shamrock Rovers F.C., and Republic of Ireland national under-21 football team. Jason was born on January 10th, 1976 in Dublin.


Glenn Sherlock is a baseball player for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Glenn was born on September 26th, 1960 in Nahant, Massachusetts.


Sheila Sherlock was a in the field of medicine. Sheila was born on March 31st, 1918 in Dublin. Sheila is also known as James and Sheila Patricia Violet (married name). She passed away on December 30th, 2001.


Thomas Sherlock was a christian bishop. He died on July 18th, 1761.


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Popularity of Sherlock as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sherlock U.S.
  White 92.67% 64.26%
  African American 1.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.44% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sherlock

People with the last name Sherlock are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Sherlock

  • How Popular is the name Sherlock? Sherlock is the 42,864th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sherlock was the 6,511th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sherlock have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 67 babies born with the first name Sherlock in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sherlock to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sherlock? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1930 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sherlock first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sherlock is Monday, October 18th, 1886.
  • What year had the most people named Sherlock born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sherlock was in 2017 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Sherlock: Your name in reverse order is Kcolrehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Hcklreos. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sherlock? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 5,211 people with the last name Sherlock.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sherlock? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Sherlock 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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