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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Talent mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Talent

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  • A user from South Africa says the name Talent is of Hebrew origin and means "The gift of God".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tal"ent
  1. Among the ancient Greeks, a weight and a denomination of money equal to 60 minæ or 6,000 drachmæ. The Attic talent, as a weight, was about 57 lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver money, its value was £243 15s. sterling, or about $1,180."Rowing vessel whose burden does not exceed five hundred talents." [Jowett (Thucid.).]
  2. Among the Hebrews, a weight and denomination of money. For silver it was equivalent to 3,000 shekels, and in weight was equal to about 93� lbs. avoirdupois; as a denomination of silver, it has been variously estimated at from £340 to £396 sterling, or about $1,645 to $1,916. For gold it was equal to 10,000 gold shekels.
  3. Inclination; will; disposition; desire.(Obs)"They rather counseled you to your talent than to your profit." [Chaucer.]
  4. Intellectual ability, natural or acquired; mental endowment or capacity; skill in accomplishing; a special gift, particularly in business, art, or the like; faculty; a use of the word probably originating in the Scripture parable of the talents (Matt. xxv. 14-30)."He is chiefly to be considered in his three different talents, as a critic, a satirist, and a writer of odes." [Dryden.]"His talents, his accomplishments, his graceful manners, made him generally popular." [Macaulay.]
    synonyms: Ability; faculty; gift; endowment. See Genius.

Etymology: F., fr. L. talentum a talent (in sense 1), Gr. talanton a balance, anything weighed, a definite weight, a talent; akin to tlh^nai to bear, endure, tolna^n, L. tolerare tollere, to lift up, sustain, endure. See Thole (v. t.) Tolerate

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  1. Natural abilities or qualities
  2. A person who possesses unusual innate ability in some field or activity
  1. talent

Notable Persons Named Talent

Talent Caldwell is a comics creator.


Talent Maposa is an athlete for the Mbabane Swallows F.C.


Talent Ndlovu is a sports team member for the Ossett Albion A.F.C.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Talent

Jim Talent is a lawyer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to 2007. Jim was born on October 18th, 1956 in Des Peres, Missouri.


DJ Talent is a hip hop music disc jockey and rapping. He has been prominent since 2002. DJ was given the name Anthony Ghosh in 1978 in London. DJ is also known as Ghosh and Anthony.


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Popularity of Talent as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Talent U.S.
  White 86.54% 64.26%
  African American 6.41% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.91% 16.26%

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People with the last name Talent are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Talent

  • How Popular is the name Talent? Talent is the 68,233rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Talent was the 45,653rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Talent have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 14 babies born with the first name Talent in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Talent? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2010 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Talent first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Talent is Wednesday, June 15th, 1927.
  • What year had the most people named Talent born? The highest recorded use of the first name Talent was in 2010 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Talent: Your name in reverse order is Tnelat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Teantl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Talent? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 468 people with the last name Talent.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Talent? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Talent as their last name since less than 1 person in 625k 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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