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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sincere

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Sin*cere"
  1. Pure; unmixed; unadulterated."There is no sincere acid in any animal juice." [Arbuthnot.]"A joy which never was sincere till now." [Dryden.]
  2. Whole; perfect; unhurt; uninjured.(Obs)"The inviolable body stood sincere." [Dryden.]
  3. Being in reality what it appears to be; having a character which corresponds with the appearance; not falsely assumed; genuine; true; real; as, a sincere desire for knowledge; a sincere contempt for meanness."A sincere intention of pleasing God in all our actions." [Law.]
  4. Honest; free from hypocrisy or dissimulation; as, a sincere friend; a sincere person."The more sincere you are, the better it will fare with you at the great day of account." [Waterland.]
    synonyms: Honest; unfeigned; unvarnished; real; true; unaffected; inartificial; frank; upright. See Hearty.

Etymology: L. sincerus, of uncertain origin; the first part perhaps akin to sin- in singulisee Single), and the second to cernere to separate (cf. Discern): cf. F. sincère

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions ("an entirely sincere and cruel tyrant")
  2. Open and genuine; not deceitful ("he was a good man, decent and sincere", "felt sincere regret that they were leaving", and "sincere friendship")

From Middle French sincere, from Latin sincerus (“genuine”), from Proto-Indo-European *sin- + *ḱer- (“grow”), from which also Ceres (“goddess of harvest”) from which English cereal.

Unrelated to sine (“without”) cera (“wax”) (folk etymology); see Wikipedia discussion.

sincere was also found in the following language(s): Esperanto, Italian, Latin, Middle French, and Spanish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Sincere

Salvatore Sincere is a wrestler. Salvatore was born on July 9th, 1966 in Philadelphia.


Jean Sincere was an actress. Her career lasted from 1941 to 2013. Jean was born on August 16th, 1919 in Mount Vernon, New York. She died on April 3rd, 2013.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1976 5 0 5
1982 5 5 0
1991 11 6 5
1992 5 0 5
1994 7 0 7
1995 12 0 12
1996 7 0 7
1997 9 0 9
1998 22 5 17
1999 156 29 127
2000 244 55 189
2001 265 48 217
2002 285 60 225
2003 318 60 258
2004 299 43 256
2005 377 52 325
2006 421 58 363
2007 451 54 397
2008 395 73 322
2009 435 91 344
2010 468 91 377
2011 423 60 363
2012 400 64 336
2013 462 62 400
2014 494 70 424
2015 479 55 424
2016 447 40 407
2017 521 44 477

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Popularity of Sincere as a first name

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Popularity of Sincere as a last name

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Common last names for Sincere

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sincere U.S.
  White 34.95% 64.26%
  African American 61.81% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.94% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sincere

People with the last name Sincere are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Sincere

  • How Popular is the name Sincere? Sincere is the 2,985th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sincere was the 64,388th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sincere have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,423 babies born with the first name Sincere in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sincere to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sincere? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1976 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sincere first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sincere is Wednesday, July 29th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Sincere born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sincere was in 2017 with a total of 477 babies.
  • Random Sincere Factoid: According to the 2009 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sincere is not a popular baby girl's name in Georgia. Imagine that, only 10 babies in Georgia have the same name as you in 2009.
  • Weird things about the name Sincere: Your name in reverse order is Erecnis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Niescre. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sincere? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 309 people with the last name Sincere.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sincere? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sincere as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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