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Origin and Meaning of Tank

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  • According to a user from Hungary, the name Tank is of Nigerian origin and means "God's friend".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tank
A small Indian dry measure, averaging 240 grains in weight; also, a Bombay weight of 72 grains, for pearls.
noun Tank
  1. A large basin or cistern; an artificial receptacle for liquids.
  2. A pond, pool, or small lake, natural or artificial."We stood in the afterglow on the bank of the tank and saw the ducks come home." [F. Remington.]"The tanks are full and the grass is high." [Lawson.]
  3. [Mil] a heavily armored combat vehicle which moves on caterpillar treads, rather than wheels. It typically carries a cannon and a heavy machine, and sometimes other weapons. It is the main distinguishing weapon of an armored division.
  4. a jail cell for temporarily holding prisoners, as in a police station.

Etymology: Pg. tanque, L. stangum a pool; or perhaps of East Indian origin. Cf. Stank (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A cell for violent prisoners
  2. A large (usually metallic) vessel for holding gases or liquids
  3. An enclosed armored military vehicle; has a cannon and moves on caterpillar treads
  4. A freight car that transports liquids or gases in bulk
  5. As much as a tank will hold
  6. Treat in a tank ("tank animal refuse")
  7. Consume excessive amounts of alcohol
  8. Store in a tank by causing (something) to flow into it

From English tank

  1. (obsolete) tank (military armoured fighting vehicle)
  2. tank (container for liquids or gases)

Notable Persons Named Tank

Tank Abbott is a martial artist. Tank was born on April 26th, 1965 in Huntington Beach, California.


Tank is a contemporary r&b, pop music, and soul music singing, actor, model (people), and musician. He plays Keyboard instrument, Piano, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 2000. Tank was given the name Durrell Babbs on January 1st, 1976 in Milwaukee. Tank is also known as The General.


Tank Johnson is a football player. Tank was born on December 7th, 1981 in Gary, Indiana.


Tank Carder is an athlete for the Cleveland Browns. He was most prominent from 2012 to present. Tank was born on January 18th, 1989 in Sweeny, Texas.


Tank Toland is a wrestler. Tank was born on August 31st, 1980 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.


Tank Tyler is a football player. He has been prominent since 2007. Tank was born on February 14th, 1985.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tank

Tank is a contemporary r&b, pop music, and soul music singing, actor, model (people), and musician. He plays Keyboard instrument, Piano, and Vocals. He has had major accomplishments since 2000. Tank was given the name Durrell Babbs on January 1st, 1976 in Milwaukee. Tank is also known as The General.


Kurt Waldemar Tank was an engineer. Kurt was born on February 24th, 1898 in Bydgoszcz. He died on June 5th, 1983.


Haunted Tank is a comics character.


Nils was born in 1800. He died on May 4th, 1864.


Roar was born on June 27th, 1880. He died on October 29th, 1957.


Hans was born in 1742 in Bergen. He died in 1804.


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Popularity of Tank as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tank U.S.
  White 83.59% 64.26%
  African American 2.30% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 10.81% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.21% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tank

People with the last name Tank are most frequently White or Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Tank

  • How Popular is the name Tank? Tank is the 33,610th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tank was the 14,127th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tank have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 123 babies born with the first name Tank in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tank 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 Tank? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tank first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tank is Wednesday, December 28th, 1881.
  • What year had the most people named Tank born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tank was in 2010 with a total of 14 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Tank: Your name in reverse order is Knat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ntak. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tank? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,127 people with the last name Tank.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tank? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tank as their last name since less than 1 person in 139k 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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