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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Smiley

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  1. An emoticon of a smiling face
  • Diminutive of smile.
  1. A simplified representation of a smiling face.
  2. (Internet) A sequence of keyboard characters used to represent a person's mood or emotion, especially or or other smiling depiction.
  3. (rare) An improvised street weapon consisting of a length of chain with padlocks and other heavy objects affixed to one end.
  4. (South Africa) A roasted sheep's head.
  5. The type of piercing of the upper frenulum (upper lip) [1]

smiley was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, Portuguese, and Turkish

Notable Persons Named Smiley

Smiley is a fictional character.


Smiley Burnette was a country music musician. He plays Accordion, guitar, banjo, many others, and Acoustic guitar. His career lasted from 1933 to 1967. Smiley was given the name Lester Alvin Burnett on March 18th, 1911. Smiley is also known as Smiley Burnette. He breathed his last breath on February 16th, 1967.


Smiley Culture was a reggae and dancehall musician. His career lasted from 1970 to 1990. Smiley was given the name David Victor Emmanuel on February 10th, 1963 in South London, England. He died on March 15th, 2011.


Smiley Lewis was a blues and music of new orleans musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar and Vocals. He was most active from 1940 to 1960. Smiley was given the name Overton Amos Lemons on July 5th, 1913 in DeQuincy, Louisiana, United States. Smiley is also known as Smiling Lewis. He died on October 7th, 1966.


Smiley was born on April 30th, 1983 in India.


Smiley Bates was a country music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1951 to 1997. Smiley was given the name Harvey Edgar Bates on October 16th, 1937 in Kirkland Lake. He breathed his last breath on January 8th, 1997.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Smiley

Smiley is a fictional character.


Michael was born in 1963 in Belfast.


George Smiley is an intelligence officer.


Tavis Smiley is a talk show host, author, entrepreneur, advocate, and philanthropist. Tavis was born on September 13th, 1964 in United States.


Rickey was born on August 10th, 1968 in Birmingham, Alabama.


Norman Smiley is a wrestler. Norman was born on February 28th, 1965 in Northampton.


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Popularity of Smiley as a last name

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Common last names for Smiley

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Jackson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Smiley U.S.
  White 62.45% 64.26%
  African American 30.74% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.89% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.32% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Smiley

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

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Fun Facts about the name Smiley

  • How Popular is the name Smiley? Smiley is the 19,852nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Smiley was the 1,812th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Smiley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 357 babies born with the first name Smiley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Smiley 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 Smiley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1900 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Smiley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Smiley is Wednesday, November 11th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Smiley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Smiley was in 1926 with a total of 13 babies.
  • Random Smiley Factoid: According to the 1915 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Smiley is not a popular baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1915.
  • Weird things about the name Smiley: Your name in reverse order is Yelims. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Emliys. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Smiley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 19,829 people with the last name Smiley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Smiley? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Smiley as their last name.

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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