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  1. British philologist and writer of fantasies (born in South Africa) (1892-1973)
  1. A surname, especially referring to British author J. R. R. Tolkien.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tolkien

J. R. R. Tolkien was a fantasy, high fantasy, translation, and literary criticism author, academic, philologist, poet, academia, and philology. J. was given the name John Ronald Reuel Tolkien on January 3rd, 1892 in Bloemfontein. He breathed his last breath on September 2nd, 1973.


Christopher Tolkien is a fantasy literature writer. Christopher was born on November 21st, 1924 in Leeds.


Tim Tolkien is an artist.


Wilson Wood was an actor. He was most active from 1946 to 1962. Wilson was given the name Charles Woodrow Tolkien on February 11th, 1915 in Huron, North Dakota, United States. He passed away on October 23rd, 2004.


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Fun Facts about the name Tolkien

  • How Popular is the name Tolkien? Tolkien is the 82,184th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Tolkien have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6 babies born with the first name Tolkien in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tolkien? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2017 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Tolkien born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tolkien was in 2017 with a total of 6 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Tolkien: Your name in reverse order is Neiklot. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ltoekin. How do you pronounce that?

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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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