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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Singleton

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sin"gle*ton
In certain games at cards, as whist, a single card of any suit held at the deal by a player; as, to lead a singleton .
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The playing card that is the only card in a suit held in a bridge hand as initially dealt
  2. A set containing a single member
  3. A single object (as distinguished from a pair)

From single +‎ -ton, probably following the model of simpleton.

  1. (playing cards) A playing card that is the only one of its suit in a hand, especially at bridge.
  2. A single object, especially one of a group.
  3. (computing) A class that may not be instantiated more than once, i.e. that implements the singleton design pattern.
  4. (mathematics) A set with exactly one element.
  5. A child or animal that is born singly, not as a twin or other multiple birth.
  6. A person without a romantic partner.

singleton was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Singleton

Singleton Palmer was an influential individual. Singleton was born on November 13th, 1913. He died on March 8th, 1993.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Singleton

John Singleton is a film director, screenwriter, and producer. John was given the name John Daniel Singleton on January 6th, 1968 in Los Angeles.


Chris Singleton is a basketball player for the Jiangsu Dragons, Oklahoma City Blue, Lokomotiv Kuban, and Washington Wizards in the VTB United League and Euroleague. He has been prominent since 2011. Chris was born on November 21st, 1989 in Canton, Georgia.


Big Lurch is a hip hop music, gangsta rap, and horrorcore rapping and record producer. He was most prominent from 1990 to 2002. Big was given the name Antron Singleton on September 15th, 1976 in Fort Worth, Texas. Big is also known as Lurch and Big Lurch.


Lawrence Singleton is a former merchant seaman and ship transport.


IronE Singleton is an actor. He was most active from 1996 to present. IronE was given the name Robert Singleton in 1975 in Atlanta. IronE is also known as Singleton and Robert.


Penny Singleton was a notable person. She was most prominent from 1925 to 1990. Penny was given the name Marianna Dorothy Agnes Letitia McNulty on September 15th, 1908 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. She left this life on November 12th, 2003.


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Popularity of Singleton as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Singleton U.S.
  White 45.91% 64.26%
  African American 48.62% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.38% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.48% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Singleton

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

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Fun Facts about the name Singleton

  • How Popular is the name Singleton? Singleton is the 40,095th most popular name of all time. As a last name Singleton was the 622nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Singleton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 77 babies born with the first name Singleton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Singleton 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 Singleton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1891 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Singleton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Singleton is Sunday, January 3rd, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Singleton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Singleton was in 1919 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Singleton: Your name in reverse order is Notelgnis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lgsneitno. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Singleton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 54,621 people with the last name Singleton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Singleton? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 19 of them will have Singleton 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.