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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tin"der
Something very inflammable, used for kindling fire from a spark, as scorched linen.

Etymology: OE. tinder tunder, AS. tynder tyndre; akin to tendan to kindle, D. tonder tinder, G. zunder, OHG. zuntara zuntra, Icel. tundr, Sw. tunder, Dan. tönder. See Tind

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  1. Material for starting a fire

From Middle English tinder, tunder, tender, tonder, from Old English tynder, from Proto-Germanic *tundrą, *tundrǭ (“tinder”). Compare Saterland Frisian Tunder (“tinder”), Dutch tonder (“tinder”), German zünden (“to kindle”), Swedish tända (“to light, to set on fire”). More at tind.

  1. small dry sticks and finely-divided fibrous matter etc., used to help light a fire.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tinder

John Tinder is a Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Senior Judgeof theUnited State. John was born on February 17th, 1950 in Indianapolis.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tinder U.S.
  White 88.36% 64.26%
  African American 3.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.50% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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People with the last name Tinder are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Tinder

  • How Popular is the name Tinder? As a last name Tinder was the 26,727th most popular name in 2010.
  • How unique is the name Tinder? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Tinder was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Tinder: Your name in reverse order is Rednit. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Teindr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tinder? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 911 people with the last name Tinder.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tinder? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tinder as their last name since less than 1 person in 323k 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).
  • 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).
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