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Origin and Meaning of The

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  • A user from Texas, United States says the name The is of Egyptian origin and means "Nothing".
  • A user from Tanzania says the name The is of Greek origin and means "The preacher".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb The
See Thee.
A word placed before nouns to limit or individualize their meaning.

Note: The was originally a demonstrative pronoun, being a weakened form of that. When placed before adjectives and participles, it converts them into abstract nouns; as, the sublime and the beautiful. Burke. The is used regularly before many proper names, as of rivers, oceans, ships, etc.; as, the Nile, the Atlantic, the Great Eastern, the West Indies, The Hague. The with an epithet or ordinal number often follows a proper name; as, Alexander the Great; Napoleon the Third. The may be employed to individualize a particular kind or species; as, the grasshopper shall be a burden. Eccl. xii. 5.

Etymology: AS. ðē, a later form for earlier nom. sing. masc. , formed under the influence of the oblique cases. See That, pron

adverb The
By that; by how much; by so much; on that account; -- used before comparatives; as, the longer we continue in sin, the more difficult it is to reform.

Etymology: AS. ðē ðȳ, instrumental case of seó ðæt, the definite article. See 2d The


From Middle English the, from Old English þē (“the, that”, demonstrative pronoun), a late variant of (“that, the”). Originally masculine nominative, in Middle English it superseded all previous Old English forms (, sēo, þæt, þā), from Proto-Germanic *sa (“that”), from Proto-Indo-European *só, *to-, *tód (demonstrative pronoun). Cognate with Saterland Frisian de, die (“the, that”), West Frisian de, dy (“the, that”), Dutch de, die (“the, that”), Low German de, dat (“the, that”), German der, die, das (“the, that”), Danish den (“the, that”), Swedish den (“the, that”), Icelandic það (“that”).

From Middle English the, thy, thi, from Old English þȳ (“by that, after that, whereby”), originally the instrumental case of the demonstratives (masculine) and þæt (neuter). Cognate with Dutch des te ("the, the more"), German desto ("the, all the more"), Norwegian fordi ("because"), Icelandic því (“the; because”), Faroese , Swedish ty.

the was also found in the following language(s): Crimean Gothic, Danish, Interlingua, Irish, Murrinh-Patha, Old Saxon, Scots, Serbo-Croatian, Swedish, and Welsh

Notable Persons Named The

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Notable Persons With the Last Name The

Saint was born on March 25th, 1925 in Naples. Saint is also known as Gallo and Ana Maria. She breathed her last breath on October 7th, 1791.


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Popularity of The as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity The U.S.
  White 14.53% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 73.79% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 8.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.71% 16.26%

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

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Fun Facts about the name The

  • How Popular is the name The? The is the 83,613th most popular name of all time. As a last name The was the 57,914th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name The have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name The in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named The? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1991 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was The first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name The is Thursday, December 18th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named The born? The highest recorded use of the first name The was in 1991 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name The: Your name in reverse order is Eht. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Teh. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name The? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 351 people with the last name The.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of The? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with The as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k 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)
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