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Origin and Meaning of Sirius

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sir"i*us
The Dog Star. See Dog Star.

Etymology: L., fr. Gr. ���, properly, scorching

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The brightest star in the sky; in Canis Major

From Latin Sīrius, from Ancient Greek Σείριος (Seírios), usually taken from σείριος (seírios, “scorching; scorcher”).

  1. (astronomy) A binary star system in the constellation Canis Major long understood as a single extremely luminous white star, associated in ancient Egypt with the Nile flood and in Greek and Roman culture with the "dog days" of summer.

Sirius was also found in the following language(s): Faroese, German, and Latin

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Fun Facts about the name Sirius

  • How Popular is the name Sirius? Sirius is the 20,020th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Sirius have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 352 babies born with the first name Sirius in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sirius 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 Sirius? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1999 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Sirius first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sirius is Monday, December 5th, 1927.
  • What year had the most people named Sirius born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sirius was in 2015 with a total of 40 babies.
  • Random Sirius Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sirius is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Sirius: Your name in reverse order is Suiris. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Usiris. How do you pronounce that?

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  • 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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