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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tatum

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  • According to a user from Texas, United States, the name Tatum means "Joyful".
  • A submission from South Africa says the name Tatum means "Joyful one" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from South Africa, the name Tatum is of English origin and means "Brings joy".
Other origins: Indian (Sanskrit), Irish, and Aztec (Nahuatl)

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  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 Named Tatum

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


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



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


Notable Persons With the Last Name 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 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 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 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 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 is an athlete. Jayson was born on March 3rd, 1998 in St. Louis.


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

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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 88 78 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 1,057 949 108
2007 1,137 990 147
2008 1,019 885 134
2009 933 794 139
2010 1,265 965 300
2011 1,242 928 314
2012 1,370 948 422
2013 1,469 984 485
2014 1,295 830 465
2015 1,250 780 470
2016 1,182 767 415
2017 1,159 710 449
* Years where the name was given to 5 or fewer babies will show zero to respect privacy.

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International Interest for Tatum

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Popularity in the US

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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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Fun Facts about the name Tatum

  • What name lists does Tatum rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Tatum? Tatum is the 1,549th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tatum was the 1,451st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tatum have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 23,827 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 2000 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tatum ranks 96th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Arizona. Imagine that, 80 babies in Arizona have the same name as you in 2000.
  • 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 Atmut. 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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  • 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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