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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1966 5 5 0
1973 34 25 9
1974 97 83 14
1975 101 91 10
1976 89 79 10
1977 116 100 16
1978 118 107 11
1979 86 80 6
1980 121 100 21
1981 68 60 8
1982 53 53 0
1983 60 55 5
1984 62 56 6
1985 68 59 9
1986 105 98 7
1987 94 86 8
1988 76 76 0
1989 85 79 6
1990 109 98 11
1991 126 117 9
1992 136 128 8
1993 187 172 15
1994 209 189 20
1995 197 184 13
1996 230 203 27
1997 449 430 19
1998 718 690 28
1999 687 646 41
2000 718 675 43
2001 733 696 37
2002 791 752 39
2003 832 788 44
2004 884 813 71
2005 1,006 915 91
2006 1,055 947 108
2007 1,137 990 147
2008 1,018 885 133
2009 932 793 139
2010 1,265 965 300
2011 1,240 927 313
2012 1,370 948 422
2013 1,466 982 484
2014 1,294 829 465
2015 1,241 775 466

Fun Facts about the name Tatum

  • How many people with the first name Tatum have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 21,468 babies born with the first name Tatum in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tatum to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tatum? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1966 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tatum first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tatum is Friday, February 10th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Tatum born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tatum was in 2007 with a total of 990 babies.
  • Random Tatum Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tatum ranks 94th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 76 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Tatum: Your name in reverse order is Mutat. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tmuat. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tatum? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 24,558 people with the last name Tatum.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tatum? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 8 of them will have Tatum as their last name.

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Popularity of Tatum as a first name

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Popularity of Tatum as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tatum U.S.
  White 55.30% 64.26%
  African American 37.90% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.37% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.78% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tatum

People with the last name Tatum are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Tatum" mean? The list below shows the origins of Tatum as well as things modernly associated with the name Tatum such as celebrities named Tatum.


Origin and Meaning of Tatum

The name "Tatum" is of English origin, and it means "Cheerful, Full of Spirit". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States jazz pianist who was almost completely blind; his innovations influenced many other jazz musicians (1910-1956)
  2. United States biochemist who discovered how genes act by regulating definite chemical events (1909-1975)

From Tatham, from Old English Tāta, a personal name of unknown meaning + hām.

  1. A habitational surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A female given name transferred from the surname.
  4. A village in Cameroon.
  5. A town in New Mexico.
  6. A town in South Carolina.
  7. A city in Texas.

Notable Persons With the Name Tatum

Tatum O'Neal

Tatum O'Neal is an actress and author. She has had major accomplishments since 1973. Tatum was given the name Tatum Beatrice O'Neal by her parents Ryan O'Neal and Joanna Moore on November 5th, 1963 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Tatum Bell

Tatum Bell is a football player. Tatum was born on March 2nd, 1981 in Dallas.


Tatum Keshwar

Tatum Keshwar is an influential human. She holds the title Miss South Africa 2008. Tatum was born Tatum Keshwar on December 14th, 1983 in Durban.


Tatum Adair

Tatum Adair is a notable individual.


Tatum Gressette

Tatum Gressette was a leading individual. Tatum was born on March 22nd, 1900. He died on July 19th, 1997.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tatum

Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum is an actor, film producer, dancer, and model. He was most active from 2000 to present. Channing was given the name Channing Matthew Tatum on April 26th, 1980 in Cullman, Alabama, U.S.


J. Michael Tatum

J. Michael Tatum is a voice actor, adr director, adr script writer, voice acting, and dubbing (filmmaking). His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. J. was given the name John Michael Tatum on May 25th, 1976 in McKinney, Texas.


Art Tatum

Art Tatum was a jazz and stride (music) musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1927 to 1956. Art was given the name Arthur Tatum, Jr. on October 13th, 1909 in Toledo, Ohio, United States. He passed away on November 5th, 1956.


Jack Tatum

Jack Tatum was a football player. He was most active from 1971 to 1980. Jack was born on November 18th, 1948 in Cherryville, North Carolina. He passed away on July 27th, 2010.


Bradford Tatum

Bradford Tatum is a film actor and author. He was most active from 1989 to present. Bradford was given the name Bradford Steven Tatum on March 29th, 1965.


Jayson Tatum

Jayson Tatum is an athlete. Jayson was born on March 3rd, 1998 in St. Louis.

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What does the name Tatum mean?

Tis for tough, for you are not easily broken

Ais for adorable, how precious

Tis for treat, that you always are.

Uis for upstanding, your inner-self.

Mis for musical, your hidden talent!

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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.

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