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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sis"ter
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  1. A female who has the same parents with another person, or who has one of them only. In the latter case, she is more definitely called a half sister. The correlative of brother."I am the sister of one Claudio." [Shak.]
  2. A woman who is closely allied to, or assocciated with, another person, as in the sdame faith, society, order, or community.
  3. One of the same kind, or of the same condition; -- generally used adjectively; as, sister fruits.

Etymology: OE. sister, fr. Icel. systir; also suster, from AS. sweostor sweoster swuster, akin to OFries. sweester suster, LG. süster suster, D. zuster, OS. & OHG. swestar, G. schwester, Icel. systir, Sw. syster, Dan. söster, Goth. swistar, Lith. ses�, Russ. sestra, Pol. siostra, L. soror, Skr. svasr. √298. Cf. Cousin

verb Sis"ter
To be sister to; to resemble closely.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A female person who is a fellow member of a sorority or labor union or other group ("none of her sisters would betray her")
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a nun (and used as a form of address) ("the Sisters taught her to love God")
  3. A female person who has the same parents as another person ("my sister married a musician")
Wiktionary
  1. Title of respect for an adult female member of a religious or fraternal order.
    At the convent, Grace supervises the kitchen.
  2. Formal title for any female member of a religious or fraternal organization. (Compare Miss.)
    Please welcome Smith as she moves from her former congregation to her new congregation.
  3. An informal title used as part of another moniker:
    Native American leader Chief Seattle urged ecological responsibility, referring to Brother Eagle and Sky in his purported 1854 speech.

Notable Persons Named Sister

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a gospel music, jazz, blues, rock, roll, and rhythm singing and guitarist. She plays Guitar, Electric guitar, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1919 to present. Sister was given the name Rosetta Nubin on March 20th, 1915 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, United States. She breathed her last breath on October 9th, 1973.

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Sister Souljah is an author, activist, recording artist, and film producer. Sister was given the name Lisa Williamson in 1964 in The Bronx, New York City, United States.

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Sister was born on January 2nd, 1962.

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Sister Bliss is a house, psychedelic trance, progressive house, electronica, trip hop, chill-out, pop, electro, house music, chill-out music, and electro (music) musician. She plays Piano, synthesizer, keyboard, and Electronic keyboard. Sister was given the name Ayalah Deborah Bentovim on December 30th, 1971.

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Sister was born in 1973 in Kottayam. They passed away on March 27th, 1992.

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Sister was born on January 9th, 1949. Sister is also known as Cheng Chui Ping and Píng Jiě. She left this life on April 24th, 2014.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Sister

Kid Sister is a hip hop music, contemporary r&b, and electronica musician. She has had major accomplishments since 2006. Kid was given the name Melisa Young on July 3rd, 1980 in Markham, Illinois, United States. Kid is also known as Young and Melisa.

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They breathed their last breath on July 1st, 1625.

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Amanda Sister is a soccer player. Amanda was born on March 1st, 1990 in Ibhayi.

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Yulia Sister is a in the fields of analytical chemistry and history of science. Yulia was given the name Юлия Давидовна Систер in Chișinău.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1883 6 6 0
1885 6 6 0
1886 6 6 0
1888 7 7 0
1889 6 6 0
1890 6 6 0
1891 14 14 0
1892 7 7 0
1893 9 9 0
1894 13 13 0
1895 12 12 0
1896 12 12 0
1897 12 12 0
1898 9 9 0
1899 10 10 0
1900 10 10 0
1901 12 12 0
1902 17 17 0
1903 15 15 0
1904 6 6 0
1905 11 11 0
1906 10 10 0
1907 6 6 0
1908 11 11 0
1909 17 17 0
1910 18 18 0
1911 20 20 0
1912 19 19 0
1913 15 15 0
1914 21 21 0
1915 12 12 0
1916 15 15 0
1917 18 18 0
1918 12 12 0
1919 10 10 0
1920 8 8 0
1921 8 8 0
1922 7 7 0
1923 5 5 0
1924 6 6 0
1925 11 11 0
1926 5 5 0
1929 7 7 0
1930 9 9 0
1931 6 6 0
1932 9 9 0
1933 5 5 0
1934 5 5 0
1935 7 7 0
1937 6 6 0
1939 8 8 0
1941 8 8 0
1942 9 9 0
1943 10 10 0
1944 9 9 0
1946 5 5 0

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Popularity of Sister as a last name

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Common last names for Sister

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Fun Facts about the name Sister

  • How Popular is the name Sister? Sister is the 15,151st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Sister have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 563 babies born with the first name Sister in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sister 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 Sister? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1883 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Sister first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sister is Sunday, April 25th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Sister born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sister was in 1914 with a total of 21 babies.
  • Random Sister Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sister is not a popular baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1944.
  • Weird things about the name Sister: Your name in reverse order is Retsis. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ssiret. How do you pronounce that?

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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.