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Origin and Meaning of Soul

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  • A submission from South Korea says the name Soul means "Light" and is of Latin origin.
  • According to a user from Texas, United States, the name Soul is of English origin and means "JESUS CHRIST".
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Soul is of English origin and means "Luther".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Soul
verb Soul
To afford suitable sustenance.

Etymology: F. soûler to satiate. See Soil to feed

noun Soul
  1. The spiritual, rational, and immortal part in man; that part of man which enables him to think, and which renders him a subject of moral government; -- sometimes, in distinction from the higher nature, or spirit, of man, the so-called animal soul, that is, the seat of life, the sensitive affections and phantasy, exclusive of the voluntary and rational powers; -- sometimes, in distinction from the mind, the moral and emotional part of man's nature, the seat of feeling, in distinction from intellect; -- sometimes, the intellect only; the understanding; the seat of knowledge, as distinguished from feeling. In a more general sense, “an animating, separable, surviving entity, the vehicle of individual personal existence.”"The eyes of our souls only then begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing." [Law.]
  2. The seat of real life or vitality; the source of action; the animating or essential part."The hidden soulof harmony." [Milton.]"Thou sun, of this great world both eye and soul." [Milton.]
  3. The leader; the inspirer; the moving spirit; the heart; as, the soul of an enterprise; an able general is the soul of his army."He is the very soul of bounty!" [Shak.]
  4. Energy; courage; spirit; fervor; affection, or any other noble manifestation of the heart or moral nature; inherent power or goodness."That he wants algebra he must confess; But not a soul to give our arms success." [Young.]
  5. A human being; a person; -- a familiar appellation, usually with a qualifying epithet; as, poor soul ."As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." [Prov. xxv. 25.]"God forbid so many simple souls Should perish by the sword!" [Shak.]"Now mistress Gilpin (careful soul)." [Cowper.]
  6. A pure or disembodied spirit."That to his only Son . . . every soul in heaven Shall bend the knee." [Milton.]
  7. A perceived shared community and awareness among African-Americans.
  8. Soul music.
    synonyms: Spirit; life; courage; fire; ardor.

Note: Soul is used in the formation of numerous compounds, most of which are of obvious signification; as, soul-betraying, soul-consuming, soul-destroying, soul-distracting, soul-enfeebling, soul-exalting, soul-felt, soul-harrowing, soul-piercing, soul-quickening, soul-reviving, soul-stirring, soul-subduing, soul-withering, etc.

Etymology: OE. soule saule, AS. sāwel sāwl; akin to OFries. s�le, OS. s�ola, D. ziel, G. seele, OHG. s�la s�ula, Icel. sāla, Sw. själ, Dan. siæl, Goth. saiwala; of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to L. saeculum a lifetime, age (cf. Secular.)

verb Soul
To indue with a soul; to furnish with a soul or mind.
adjective soul
By or for African-Americans, or characteristic of their culture; as, soul music; soul newspapers; soul food.
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  1. A human being
  2. The human embodiment of something ("the soul of honor")
  3. A secular form of gospel that was a major Black musical genre in the 1960s and 1970s ("soul was politically significant during the Civil Rights movement")
  4. Deep feeling or emotion
  5. The immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life

Notable Persons Named Soul

Soul Khan is a hip hop music musician. His career lasted from 2010 to 2010. Soul was born on April 18th, 1985.


Soul Basement is a pop music, soul music, rhythm, blues, hip hop music, funk, jazz, jam band, rock music, folk music, and folk rock musician. He plays Piano, Electric piano, Hammond organ, Bass guitar, Drum kit, and Percussion instrument. Soul was given the name Fabio Puglisi on January 13th, 1974 in Syracuse, Sicily, Italy. Soul is also known as Soul Basement.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Soul

David Soul is an actor, singing, and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 1964. David was given the name David Richard Solberg on August 28th, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.


Zoë Soul is an actor and actress. Her ongoing career started in 2009. Zoë was given the name Zoe Soul Borde on June 11th, 1994.


Ben l'Oncle Soul is a soul music and pop music singer-songwriter. He was most prominent from 2004 to present. Ben was given the name Benjamin Duterde on November 10th, 1984 in Tours. Ben is also known as L'Oncle Ben, Duterde, and Benjamin.


China Soulcenter|thumb|Soul performing live in 2009. is a pop, rock, folk, and folk music musician. Her ongoing career started in 2002. China was given the name China Alexandra Soul on May 5th, 1988 in Florida, USA.


Jimmy Soul was a pop, soul, and soul music musician. Jimmy was given the name James Louis McCleese on August 24th, 1942 in Weldon, North Carolina, United States. He breathed his last breath on June 15th, 1988.


Maelcum Soul was an actor and film actress. She was most active from 1966 to 1968. Maelcum was given the name Patricia Ann Soul on September 22nd, 1940. She breathed her last breath on April 5th, 1968.


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Popularity of Soul as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Soul U.S.
  White 75.10% 64.26%
  African American 14.06% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 4.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.61% 16.26%

Of Last Name Soul

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

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Fun Facts about the name Soul

  • How Popular is the name Soul? Soul is the 29,632nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Soul was the 77,012th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Soul have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 163 babies born with the first name Soul in the United States. That's more than enough people named Soul 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 Soul? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2000 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Soul first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Soul is Thursday, January 13th, 1887.
  • What year had the most people named Soul born? The highest recorded use of the first name Soul was in 2012 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Random Soul Factoid: According to the 2012 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Soul is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name as you in 2012.
  • Weird things about the name Soul: Your name in reverse order is Luos. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Slou. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Soul? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 249 people with the last name Soul.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Soul? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Soul 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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  • 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).
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