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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Trace
  1. One of two straps, chains, or ropes of a harness, extending from the collar or breastplate to a whiffletree attached to a vehicle or thing to be drawn; a tug.
  2. [Mech] A connecting bar or rod, pivoted at each end to the end of another piece, for transmitting motion, esp. from one plane to another; specif., such a piece in an organ-stop action to transmit motion from the trundle to the lever actuating the stop slider.

Etymology: F. trais. pl. of trait. See Trait

noun Trace
  1. A mark left by anything passing; a track; a path; a course; a footprint; a vestige; as, the trace of a carriage or sled; the trace of a deer; a sinuous trace .
  2. [Chem. & Min] A very small quantity of an element or compound in a given substance, especially when so small that the amount is not quantitatively determined in an analysis; -- hence, in stating an analysis, often contracted to tr.
  3. A mark, impression, or visible appearance of anything left when the thing itself no longer exists; remains; token; vestige."The shady empire shall retain no trace Of war or blood, but in the sylvan chase." [Pope.]
  4. [Descriptive Geom. & Persp] The intersection of a plane of projection, or an original plane, with a coordinate plane.
  5. [Fort] The ground plan of a work or works.

Etymology: F. trace. See Trace (v. t.)

verb Trace
  1. To mark out; to draw or delineate with marks; especially, to copy, as a drawing or engraving, by following the lines and marking them on a sheet superimposed, through which they appear; as, to trace a figure or an outline; a traced drawing."Some faintly traced features or outline of the mother and the child, slowly lading into the twilight of the woods." [Hawthorne.]
  2. To follow by some mark that has been left by a person or thing which has preceded; to follow by footsteps, tracks, or tokens."You may trace the deluge quite round the globe." [T. Burnet.]"I feel thy power . . . to trace the ways Of highest agents." [Milton.]
  3. Hence, to follow the trace or track of."How all the way the prince on footpace traced." [Spenser.]
  4. To copy; to imitate."That servile path thou nobly dost decline, Of tracing word, and line by line." [Denham.]
  5. To walk over; to pass through; to traverse."We do tracethis alley up and down." [Shak.]

Etymology: OF. tracier, F. tracer, from (assumed) LL. tractiare, fr.L. tractus, p. p. of trahere to draw. Cf. Abstract Attract Contract Portratt Tract Trail Train Treat.

verb Trace
To walk; to go; to travel.
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  1. Either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree
  2. A drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image
  3. An indication that something has been present ("there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim")
  4. A visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
  5. A suggestion of some quality
  6. A just detectable amount ("he speaks French with a trace of an accent")
  7. Read with difficulty ("The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs")
  8. Follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something ("trace the student's progress" and "trace one's ancestry")
  9. Make a mark or lines on a surface ("trace the outline of a figure in the sand")
  10. Copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of ("trace a design" and "trace a pattern")
  11. Make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along ("The children traced along the edge of the dark forest" and "The women traced the pasture")
  12. Pursue or chase relentlessly ("The hunters traced the deer into the woods")
  13. To go back over again ("we retraced the route we took last summer" and "trace your path")
  14. Discover traces of ("She traced the circumstances of her birth")
  1. (colloquial) A short form of the female given name Tracy or Tracey.

Notable Persons Named Trace

Tracey Ullman is a comedian. Tracey was given the name Trace Ullman on December 30th, 1959 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England.


Trace Cyrus is a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Trace was given the name Neil Timothy Helson on February 24th, 1989 in Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.


Trace Adkins is a country music, country pop, country rock, blues rock, and bro-country musician. He was most active from 1995 to present. Trace was given the name Tracy Darrell Adkins on January 13th, 1962 in Sarepta, Louisiana, U.S.


Trace was born on November 6th, 1958 in Minneapolis.


Trace Armstrong is a football player. Trace was born on October 5th, 1965 in Bethesda, Maryland.


Trace Gallagher is an anchor & reporter, fox news channel, and anchor & reporter (fox news channel). Trace was given the name Tracy G. Gallagher on September 10th, 1961 in San Diego.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Trace

Christopher was born on March 21st, 1933 in Hambledon, Surrey, England. He passed away on September 5th, 1992.


Al Trace was a big band musician, songwriter, and baseball. He plays Drum kit and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1920 to 1975. Al was given the name Albert J. Trace on December 25th, 1900 in Chicago. He passed away on August 31st, 1993.


Arthur Trace is a magic (illusion) and magician. Arthur was given the name Arthur Tracz on December 4th, 1979 in Krakow, Poland.


Ben L. Trace is a musician. Ben was born on August 22nd, 1890.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1956 17 0 17
1957 17 0 17
1958 20 0 20
1959 27 5 22
1960 35 7 28
1961 35 10 25
1962 52 19 33
1963 58 12 46
1964 30 7 23
1965 86 14 72
1966 77 13 64
1967 61 14 47
1968 50 16 34
1969 45 12 33
1970 66 25 41
1971 55 13 42
1972 49 16 33
1973 31 7 24
1974 22 7 15
1975 33 12 21
1976 36 14 22
1977 20 0 20
1978 30 6 24
1979 23 5 18
1980 19 0 19
1981 28 7 21
1982 32 5 27
1983 27 8 19
1984 35 7 28
1985 101 10 91
1986 67 9 58
1987 52 5 47
1988 58 0 58
1989 102 6 96
1990 116 0 116
1991 144 5 139
1992 132 5 127
1993 158 0 158
1994 171 0 171
1995 161 0 161
1996 213 11 202
1997 428 7 421
1998 530 6 524
1999 397 8 389
2000 384 0 384
2001 369 0 369
2002 437 0 437
2003 501 5 496
2004 447 0 447
2005 445 0 445
2006 470 0 470
2007 437 0 437
2008 533 0 533
2009 504 0 504
2010 493 0 493
2011 437 0 437
2012 378 0 378
2013 382 0 382
2014 313 5 308
2015 288 0 288
2016 286 0 286
2017 265 0 265

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Popularity of Trace as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Trace U.S.
  White 90.94% 64.26%
  African American 2.34% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.71% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.81% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.34% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.85% 16.26%

Of Last Name Trace

People with the last name Trace are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Trace

  • How Popular is the name Trace? Trace is the 2,327th most popular name of all time. As a last name Trace was the 25,226th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Trace have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 11,315 babies born with the first name Trace in the United States. That's more than enough people named Trace to occupy the country of Tuvalu with an estimated population of 10,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Trace? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1956 when it was given as a first name to 17 new born babies.
  • When was Trace first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Trace is Wednesday, December 29th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Trace born? The highest recorded use of the first name Trace was in 2008 with a total of 533 babies.
  • Random Trace Factoid: According to the 2006 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Trace is not a popular baby boy's name in Missouri. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 2006.
  • Weird things about the name Trace: Your name in reverse order is Ecart. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rteac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Trace? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 982 people with the last name Trace.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Trace? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Trace as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
  • 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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