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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ti"ger
  1. A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger, and Bengal tiger.
  2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person."As for heinous tiger, Tamora." [Shak.]
  3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
  4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a tiger .(Colloq. U. S)
  5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.

Etymology: OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. tīr; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; -- probably so named from its quickness.]

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Large feline of forests in most of Asia having a tawny coat with black stripes; endangered
  2. A fierce or audacious person ("he's a tiger on the tennis court" and "it aroused the tiger in me")

From Middle English tygre, in part from Old English tigras (pl.), in part from Anglo-Norman tigre, both from Latin tigris, from Ancient Greek τίγρις (tígris), from Iranian (compare Avestan 𐬙𐬌𐬔𐬭𐬌 (tigri, “arrow”), 𐬙𐬌𐬖𐬭𐬀 (tiγra, “pointed”)). More at stick.

  1. Panthera tigris, a large predatory mammal of the cat family, indigenous to Asia.
    1. A male tiger.
  2. (heraldry) A representation of a large mythological cat, used on a coat of arms.
  3. (obsolete) A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
  4. (South Africa, dated but still used) A leopard.
  5. (US, slang) A person who is very athletic during sexual intercourse.
  6. (figuratively) A ferocious, bloodthirsty and audacious person.
  7. (US, colloquial) A kind of growl or screech, after cheering.
    three cheers and a
  8. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
  9. A tiger moth.
  10. A relatively small country or group of countries with a fast-growing economy.

tiger was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old English, Slovene, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Tiger

Tiger Woods is a golf player.


Tiger Shroff is an actor and martial artist. Tiger was given the name Jai Hemant Shroff by his parents Jackie Shroff and Ayesha Dutt on March 2nd, 1990 in Mumbai.


Tiger Memon is a criminal.


Tiger JK is a hip hop music rapping, record producer, and entrepreneurship. He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 1995. Tiger was given the name Seo Jung-kwon on July 29th, 1974 in Seoul. Tiger is also known as JK, Drunken Tiger, and DT.


Tiger Prabhakar was an actor and film director. Tiger was given the name Prabhakar on March 30th, 1950 in Fraser Town, Bangalore, Mysore State, India. Tiger is also known as Tiger, Prabhakar, and Kannada. He breathed his last breath on March 25th, 2001.


Tiger Jeet Singh is a wrestler. Tiger was born on April 3rd, 1948 in Ludhiana.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tiger

Bronze Tiger is a comics character.


Tony The Tiger is a fictional character.



Lionel was born on February 5th, 1937 in Montreal.


Dick Tiger was a boxer. Dick was born on August 14th, 1929 in Amaigbo. He breathed his last breath on December 14th, 1971.


Hungry Tiger is a fictional character.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1962 7 0 7
1970 6 0 6
1984 5 0 5
1987 5 0 5
1990 6 0 6
1991 7 0 7
1992 6 0 6
1994 10 0 10
1995 12 0 12
1996 18 0 18
1997 66 0 66
1998 97 0 97
1999 35 0 35
2000 43 7 36
2001 51 9 42
2002 44 0 44
2003 28 0 28
2004 26 0 26
2005 35 7 28
2006 55 6 49
2007 31 0 31
2008 39 0 39
2009 40 0 40
2010 130 0 130
2011 32 6 26
2012 25 0 25
2013 33 0 33
2014 33 0 33
2015 28 0 28
2016 27 0 27
2017 33 5 28

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Popularity of Tiger as a first name

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Popularity of Tiger as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tiger U.S.
  White 43.90% 64.26%
  African American 6.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.66% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 38.06% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 7.04% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.20% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tiger

People with the last name Tiger are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Tiger

  • How Popular is the name Tiger? Tiger is the 10,478th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tiger was the 12,715th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tiger have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,013 babies born with the first name Tiger in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tiger to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tiger? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1962 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Tiger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tiger is Wednesday, July 2nd, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Tiger born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tiger was in 2010 with a total of 130 babies.
  • Random Tiger Factoid: According to the 2001 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tiger is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 9 babies in California have the same name as you in 2001.
  • Weird things about the name Tiger: Your name in reverse order is Regit. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Treig. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tiger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,428 people with the last name Tiger.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tiger? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tiger as their last name since less than 1 person in 122k 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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