Tesla

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2k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tesla

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  • A user from Canada says the name Tesla is of Slavic origin and means "Tesla - carpenter. See Polish "ciesla" (t = ci) from "ciosac" - to chop, to hew, to axe, and "cios" - a blow, a stroke. See Ukrainian "??????/ teslar" - carpenter".
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  1. United States electrical engineer and inventor (born in Croatia but of Serbian descent) who discovered the principles of alternating currents and developed the first alternating-current induction motor and the Tesla coil and several forms of oscillators (1856-1943)
  2. A unit of magnetic flux density equal to one weber per square meter
Wiktionary

From Serbo-Croatian Тесла (Tesla).

  1. A surname of Slavic origin.

Tesla was also found in the following language(s): German and Serbo-Croatian

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tesla

Nikola was born on July 10th, 1856 in Smiljan, Austrian Empire. He left this life on January 7th, 1943.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1985 5 5 0
1987 9 9 0
1988 19 19 0
1989 27 27 0
1990 107 107 0
1991 122 122 0
1992 145 145 0
1993 108 108 0
1994 96 96 0
1995 95 95 0
1996 83 83 0
1997 79 79 0
1998 53 53 0
1999 55 55 0
2000 36 36 0
2001 36 36 0
2002 35 35 0
2003 23 23 0
2004 34 34 0
2005 28 28 0
2006 32 32 0
2007 33 33 0
2008 39 39 0
2009 66 61 5
2010 59 59 0
2011 80 70 10
2012 105 100 5
2013 148 134 14
2014 122 113 9
2015 171 166 5
2016 179 161 18
2017 141 130 11

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Popularity of Tesla as a first name

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Popularity of Tesla as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tesla U.S.
  White 93.16% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tesla

People with the last name Tesla are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Tesla

  • How Popular is the name Tesla? Tesla is the 6,063rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Tesla was the 142,108th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tesla have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,370 babies born with the first name Tesla in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tesla to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tesla? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1985 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tesla first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tesla is Friday, August 10th, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Tesla born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tesla was in 2015 with a total of 166 babies.
  • Random Tesla Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tesla is not a popular baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Tesla: Your name in reverse order is Alset. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Etals. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tesla? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 117 people with the last name Tesla.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tesla? Tesla is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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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).
  • 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.