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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Syracuse

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Syr"a*cuse
A red wine of Italy.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The Athenian siege of Syracuse (415-413 BC) was eventually won by Syracuse
  2. The Roman siege of Syracuse (214-212 BC) was eventually won by the Romans who sacked the city (killing Archimedes)
  3. A city in southeastern Sicily that was founded by Corinthians in the 8th century BC
  4. A city in central New York

Ultimately from Ancient Greek Συρακοῦσαι (Surakoûsai); cf. Latin Syracusae.

  1. Province of Sicily, Italy.
  2. City and port in the province of Syracuse.
  3. A city in New York state.
  4. A private university in the aforementioned New York city
  5. Small municipalities, each with less than 2000 inhabitants, in the American states of Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, and Utah.
  6. A type of red wine.

Syracuse was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Syracuse

Syracuse Salty Dogs is a sports team member for the Syracuse Salty Dogs.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Syracuse

Archimedes of Syracuse is a scientist in the fields of mathematics, physics, engineering, and astronomy. Archimedes was born in Syracuse, Sicily.



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Popularity of Syracuse as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Syracuse U.S.
  White 94.31% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.55% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.76% 16.26%

Of Last Name Syracuse

People with the last name Syracuse are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Syracuse

  • How Popular is the name Syracuse? As a last name Syracuse was the 38,214th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Syracuse? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Syracuse was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Syracuse: Your name in reverse order is Esucarys. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uaceryss. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Syracuse? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 580 people with the last name Syracuse.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Syracuse? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Syracuse as their last name since less than 1 person in 500k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (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.