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Origin and Meaning of Success

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  • A submission from Malaysia says the name Success means "Hope." and is of Chinese origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Suc*cess"
  1. Act of succeeding; succession.(Obs)"Then all the sons of these five brethren reigned By due success." [Spenser.]
  2. That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue, or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or bad; the outcome of effort."Men . . . that are like to do that, that is committed to them, and to report back again faithfully the success." [Bacon.]"Perplexed and troubled at his bad success The tempter stood." [Milton.]
  3. The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue."Dream of success and happy victory!" [Shak.]"Or teach with more success her son The vices of the time to shun." [Waller.]"Military successes, above all others, elevate the minds of a people." [Atterbury.]
  4. That which meets with, or one who accomplishes, favorable results, as a play or a player.(Colloq)

Etymology: L. successus: cf. F. succès. See Succeed

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An attainment that is successful ("his success in the marathon was unexpected" and "his new play was a great success")
  2. An event that accomplishes its intended purpose ("let's call heads a success and tails a failure" and "the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs")
  3. A person with a record of successes ("if you want to be a success you have to dress like a success")
  4. A state of prosperity or fame ("he is enjoying great success" and "he does not consider wealth synonymous with success")
  1. A town in Arkansas.
  2. A village in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Notable Persons Named Success

Success Chimankpa Nwosu is an athlete for the Syrianska FC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Success

Isaac Success is a soccer player for the Granada CF, Granada CF B, Nigeria national under-17 football team, and Nigeria national under-20 football team. Isaac was born on January 7th, 1996 in Benin City, Nigeria.


Arlington was born on March 4th, 1951.


Sherwin Success is an athlete for the Pride of Gall Hill FC.


Fun Facts about the name Success

  • How Popular is the name Success? Success is the 38,805th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Success have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 87 babies born with the first name Success in the United States. That's more than enough people named Success 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 Success? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2007 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Success first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Success is Sunday, October 2nd, 1904.
  • What year had the most people named Success born? The highest recorded use of the first name Success was in 2017 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Success: Your name in reverse order is Sseccus. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eccssus. 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.