Summer

First Name
75k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Summer

"Summer" is a name of English origin, and it means "Summer". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sum"mer
One who sums; one who casts up an account.

Etymology: From Sum (v.)

noun Sum"mer
A large stone or beam placed horizontally on columns, piers, posts, or the like, serving for various uses. Specifically: The lintel of a door or window. The commencement of a cross vault. A central floor timber, as a girder, or a piece reaching from a wall to a girder. Called also summertree.

Etymology: F. sommier a rafter, the same word as sommier a beast of burden. See Sumpter

noun Sum"mer
The season of the year in which the sun shines most directly upon any region; the warmest period of the year.

Note: ☞ North of the equator summer is popularly taken to include the months of June, July, and August. Astronomically it may be considered, in the northern hemisphere, to begin with the summer solstice, about June 21st, and to end with the autumnal equinox, about September 22d.

Etymology: OE. sumer somer, AS. sumor sumer; akin to OFries. sumur, D. zomer, OS. sumar, G. sommer, OHG. & Icel. sumar, Dan. sommer, Sw. sommar, W. haf, Zend hama, Skr. samā year. √292

verb Sum"mer
To pass the summer; to spend the warm season; as, to summer in Switzerland.
verb Sum"mer
To keep or carry through the summer; to feed during the summer; as, to summer stock.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The period of finest development, happiness, or beauty ("the golden summer of his life")
  2. The warmest season of the year; in the northern hemisphere it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox ("they spent a lazy summer at the shore")
  3. Spend the summer ("We summered in Kashmir")
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name of modern usage, often given to girls born in summer.
  2. A surname​.

Summer was also found in the following language(s): Luxembourgish

Notable Persons Named Summer

Summer Phoenix is an actress, model, designer, actor, and model (people). She was most active from 1984 to present. Summer was given the name Summer Joy Bottom by her parent Arlyn Phoenix on December 10th, 1978 in Winter Park, Florida.

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Summer Glau is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2002. Summer was given the name Summer Lyn Glau on July 24th, 1981 in San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

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Summer was born on November 28th, 1983 in Manhasset, New York. Summer is also known as Moinet and Danielle.

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Summer Bishil is an actress. She has been prominent since 2005. Summer was given the name Summer Yasmine Bishil on July 17th, 1988 in Pasadena, California, U.S.

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Summer Sanders is a swimmer. Summer was born on October 13th, 1972 in Roseville, California.

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Summer Roberts is an animal rights, activism, student, and brown university. Summer is also known as Summer Roberts, Summer Cohen, (maiden name), and (married name).

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Summer

Donna Summer was a disco, rhythm, and blues musician. Her career lasted from 1968 to 2012. Donna was given the name LaDonna Adrian Gaines on December 31st, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. Donna is also known as Queen of Disco and Donna Gaines. She passed away on May 17th, 2012.

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India was born on April 26th, 1975 in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.

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Cree Summer is an actress, voice actress, and singer. She was most prominent from 1983 to present. Cree was given the name Cree Summer Francks by her parent Don Francks on July 7th, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Karen was born on July 22nd, 1962 in San Fernando Valley, California, U.S.

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Victoria Summer is an actress, model, singer, and songwriter. Her ongoing career started in 2006. Victoria was born on December 15th, 1981 in Berkshire, England.

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Henry Lee Summer is a rock music, pop music, and album-oriented rock songwriter, performing arts, and record producer. He plays Guitar, Drums, Keyboard instrument, Drum, and Vocals. He was most active from 1978 to present. Henry was born on July 5th, 1955 in Brazil, Indiana, U.S.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1918 9 0 9
1949 5 5 0
1952 18 18 0
1953 20 20 0
1954 16 16 0
1955 22 22 0
1956 20 20 0
1957 14 14 0
1958 17 17 0
1959 22 22 0
1960 27 27 0
1961 35 35 0
1962 19 19 0
1963 36 36 0
1964 33 33 0
1965 29 29 0
1966 33 33 0
1967 45 45 0
1968 48 48 0
1969 79 79 0
1970 99 99 0
1971 156 156 0
1972 197 197 0
1973 190 184 6
1974 315 315 0
1975 785 785 0
1976 1,083 1,072 11
1977 2,466 2,446 20
1978 1,930 1,917 13
1979 1,869 1,861 8
1980 1,762 1,754 8
1981 1,552 1,545 7
1982 1,266 1,260 6
1983 1,177 1,166 11
1984 1,224 1,212 12
1985 1,166 1,166 0
1986 1,135 1,127 8
1987 1,047 1,041 6
1988 986 986 0
1989 908 908 0
1990 1,022 1,022 0
1991 988 983 5
1992 1,100 1,100 0
1993 1,623 1,617 6
1994 2,237 2,237 0
1995 2,125 2,125 0
1996 2,356 2,345 11
1997 2,480 2,480 0
1998 2,558 2,558 0
1999 2,342 2,335 7
2000 2,337 2,337 0
2001 2,321 2,314 7
2002 2,213 2,213 0
2003 2,210 2,210 0
2004 2,361 2,333 28
2005 2,414 2,409 5
2006 2,260 2,260 0
2007 2,251 2,251 0
2008 1,951 1,951 0
2009 1,894 1,894 0
2010 1,882 1,882 0
2011 1,816 1,811 5
2012 1,779 1,774 5
2013 1,723 1,723 0
2014 1,784 1,768 16
2015 1,686 1,678 8
2016 1,596 1,590 6

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Popularity of Summer as a first name

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Popularity of Summer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Summer U.S.
  White 86.00% 64.26%
  African American 8.17% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.30% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.94% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Summer

People with the last name Summer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Summer

  • How Popular is the name Summer? Summer is the 772nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Summer was the 11,355th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Summer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 75,169 babies born with the first name Summer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Summer to occupy the country of Dominica with an estimated population of 71,293 (as of May 14, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Summer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Summer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Summer is Monday, May 19th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Summer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Summer was in 1998 with a total of 2,558 babies. That's a lot of babies named Summer!
  • Random Summer Factoid: According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Summer ranks 73rd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 42 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1997.
  • Weird things about the name Summer: Your name in reverse order is Remmus. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uemmsr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Summer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,778 people with the last name Summer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Summer? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Summer as their last name since less than 1 person in 106k 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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