Sir

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Sir

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  • A user from Ohio, United States says the name Sir is of English origin and means "Man of social dignity and authority.".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sir
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  1. A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire.(Obs)"He was crowned lord and sire." [Gower.]"In the election of a sir so rare." [Shak.]
  2. A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet." Sir Horace Vere, his brother, was the principal in the active part." [Bacon.]
  3. An English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy."Instead of a faithful and painful teacher, they hire a Sir John, which hath better skill in playing at tables, or in keeping of a garden, than in God's word." [Latimer.]
  4. A respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; -- used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality."What's that to you, sir?" [Sheridan.]

Note: ☞ Anciently, this title, was often used when a person was addressed as a man holding a certain office, or following a certain business. “ Sir man of law.” “ Sir parish priest.”

Etymology: OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. ��� old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. Seignior Senate Seneschal Senior Senor Signor Sire Sirrah

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Term of address for a man
  2. A title used before the name of knight or baronet
Wiktionary
  1. Alternative letter-case form of sir.
  2. (Britain) The titular prefix given to a knight or baronet.

Notable Persons Named Sir

Sir was born on July 14th, 1761. He passed away on January 16th, 1817.

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Sir was a civil servant. Sir was born on December 4th, 1807 in Hampstead, Middlesex, United Kingdom. He passed away on January 29th, 1892.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sir

Sedat was born on March 6th, 1975.

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Musgrave was born in 1621 in Scaleby. He left this life in 1673.

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Ismail was born on March 7th, 1859. Ismail is also known as Hajee Sir Ismail Sait. He breathed his last breath on December 6th, 1934.

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Joo Yeon Sir is a violinist and violin. Joo was born on June 29th, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea.

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Jaroslav was born on November 8th, 1923 in Poniklá.

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Jozsef was born on April 28th, 1912 in Budapest. He left this life on September 22nd, 1996.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1967 5 0 5
1968 6 0 6
1970 6 0 6
1971 7 0 7
1972 5 0 5
1973 8 0 8
1974 9 0 9
1975 7 0 7
1976 14 0 14
1977 15 0 15
1978 20 0 20
1979 19 0 19
1980 22 0 22
1981 21 0 21
1982 27 0 27
1983 22 0 22
1984 30 0 30
1985 17 0 17
1986 17 0 17
1987 15 0 15
1988 24 0 24
1989 17 0 17
1990 39 0 39
1991 43 0 43
1992 30 0 30
1993 27 0 27
1994 26 0 26
1995 16 0 16
1996 19 0 19
1997 31 0 31
1998 25 0 25
1999 27 0 27
2000 20 0 20
2001 29 0 29
2002 35 0 35
2003 44 0 44
2004 44 0 44
2005 47 0 47
2006 41 0 41
2007 43 0 43
2008 46 0 46
2009 34 0 34
2010 49 0 49
2011 34 0 34
2012 33 0 33
2013 55 0 55
2014 58 0 58
2015 55 0 55
2016 50 0 50
2017 54 0 54

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Popularity of Sir as a first name

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Popularity of Sir as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sir U.S.
  White 63.67% 64.26%
  African American 3.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 19.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 11.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sir

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

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Fun Facts about the name Sir

  • How Popular is the name Sir? Sir is the 8,560th most popular name of all time. As a last name Sir was the 78,040th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sir have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,387 babies born with the first name Sir in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sir to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sir? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1967 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sir first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sir is Sunday, September 1st, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Sir born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sir was in 2014 with a total of 58 babies.
  • Random Sir Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sir is not a popular baby boy's name in Florida. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Florida have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Sir: Your name in reverse order is Ris. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Irs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sir? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 245 people with the last name Sir.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sir? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sir as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m 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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.