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Origin and Meaning of Song

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  • A submission from New York, United States says the name Song means "Long lived" and is of Korean origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Song
  1. That which is sung or uttered with musical modulations of the voice, whether of a human being or of a bird, insect, etc."That most ethereal of all sounds, the songof crickets." [Hawthorne.]
  2. A lyrical poem adapted to vocal music; a ballad.
  3. More generally, any poetical strain; a poem."The bard that first adorned our native tongue Tuned to his British lyre this ancient song." [Dryden.]
  4. Poetical composition; poetry; verse."This subject for heroic song." [Milton.]
  5. An object of derision; a laughingstock."And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword." [Job xxx. 9.]
  6. A trifle; an insignificant sum of money; as, he bought it for a song ."The soldier's pay is a song." [Silliman.]
    synonyms: Sonnet; ballad; canticle; carol; canzonet; ditty; hymn; descant; lay; strain; poesy; verse.

Etymology: AS. song sang, fr. singan to sing; akin to D. zang, G. sang, Icel. söngr, Goth. saggws. See Sing

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  1. The act of singing ("with a shout and a song they marched up to the gates")
  2. The characteristic sound produced by a bird ("a bird will not learn its song unless it hears it at an early age")
  3. A short musical composition with words ("a successful musical must have at least three good songs")
  4. A distinctive or characteristic sound ("the song of bullets was in the air", "the song of the wind", and "the wheels sang their song as the train rocketed ahead")
  5. The imperial dynasty of China from 960 to 1279; noted for art and literature and philosophy
  6. A very small sum ("he bought it for a song")

From Middle English song, sang, from Old English song, sang (“noise, song, singing, chanting; poetry; a poem to be sung or recited, psalm, lay”), from Proto-Germanic *sangwaz (“singing, song”), from Proto-Indo-European *sengʷʰ- (“to sing”). Cognate with Scots sang, song (“singing, song”), Saterland Frisian Song (“song”), West Frisian sang (“song”), Dutch zang (“song”), Low German sang (“song”), German Sang (“singing, song”), Swedish sång (“song”), Norwegian Bokmål sang (“song”), Norwegian Nynorsk song (“song”), Icelandic söngur (“song”), Ancient Greek ὀμφή (omphḗ, “voice, oracle”). More at sing.

  1. A musical composition with lyrics for voice or voices, performed by singing.
    Thomas listened to his favorite on the radio yesterday.
  2. (by extension) Any musical composition.
  3. Poetical composition; poetry; verse.
  4. The act or art of singing.
  5. A melodious sound made by a bird, insect, whale or other animal.
    I love hearing the of canary birds.
  6. (ornithology) The distinctive sound that a male bird utters to attract a mate or to protect his territory; contrasts with call
  7. Something that cost only a little; chiefly in for a song.
    He bought that car for a .
  8. An object of derision; a laughing stock.

song was also found in the following language(s): Chuukese, Dutch, Faroese, Mandarin, Norwegian Nynorsk, Vietnamese, and Zhuang

Notable Persons Named Song

Song Ji Hyo is an actor, celebrity, actress, and television personality. Song was given the name Cheon Seong-im on August 15th, 1981 in Pohang. Song is also known as Cheon Seong-im (birth name).


Song Joong-ki is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2008. Song was born on September 19th, 1985 in Daejeon.


Song Hye-kyo is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1996 to present. Song was born on November 22nd, 1981 in Daegu.


Song Seung-heon is an actor. He was most active from 1995 to present. Song was born on October 5th, 1976 in Seoul.


Song Min-ho is a rapping, songwriter, composer, and rapper. Song was born in South Korea.


Song Il Gook is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1998. Song was born on October 1st, 1971 in Seoul.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Song

Brenda Song is an actress, singer, spokesperson, film producer, and model. She was most active from 1993 to present. Brenda was born on March 27th, 1988 in Carmichael, California.


Alex Song is a soccer player for the West Ham United F.C., FC Barcelona, SC Bastia, Arsenal F.C., Charlton Athletic F.C., France national under-16 football team, and Cameroon national under-23 football team. Alex was born on September 9th, 1987 in Douala, Cameroon.


Victoria Song is a k-pop, electropop, and folk dance singing, dance, actor, master of ceremonies, and model (people). She plays Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Victoria was born on February 2nd, 1987 in Qingdao.


Rigobert Song is a soccer player for the Chad national football team, FC Metz, U.S. Salernitana 1919, Liverpool F.C., West Ham United F.C., FC Köln, RC Lens, Galatasaray S.K. (football), Trabzonspor, and Cameroon national football team. Rigobert was born on July 1st, 1976 in Nkenglicock.


Daewon Song is a professional skateboarder. Daewon was given the name Daewon David Song on February 19th, 1975 in Seoul.


Emperor Bing of Song was royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1278 to 1279. He left this life on March 19th, 1279.


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Popularity of Song as a last name

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Common last names for Song

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  • Lee
  • Yang
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  • Han
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Common first names for Song

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Song U.S.
  White 1.98% 64.26%
  African American 0.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 95.15% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.04% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.74% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Song

People with the last name Song are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Song

  • How Popular is the name Song? Song is the 22,925th most popular name of all time. As a last name Song was the 1,415th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Song have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 272 babies born with the first name Song in the United States. That's more than enough people named Song 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 Song? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1957 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Song first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Song is Thursday, August 6th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Song born? The highest recorded use of the first name Song was in 1990 with a total of 17 babies.
  • Random Song Factoid: According to the 1957 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Song is not a popular baby girl's name in Kansas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kansas have the same name as you in 1957.
  • Weird things about the name Song: Your name in reverse order is Gnos. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nosg. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Song? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 25,110 people with the last name Song.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Song? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Song 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).
  • 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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