Turner

First Name
8k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
349k
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Turn"er
Senses
  1. One who turns; especially, one whose occupation is to form articles with a lathe.
  2. [Zoöl] A variety of pigeon; a tumbler.
noun Tur"ner
A person who practices athletic or gymnastic exercises.

Etymology: G

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Cooking utensil having a flat flexible part and a long handle; used for turning or serving food
  2. One of two persons who swing ropes for jumpers to skip over in the game of jump rope
  3. A lathe operator
  4. A tumbler who is a member of a turnverein
  5. United States historian who stressed the role of the western frontier in American history (1861-1951)
  6. English landscape painter whose treatment of light and color influenced the French impressionists (1775-1851)
  7. United States endocrinologist (1892-1970)
  8. United States slave and insurrectionist who in 1831 led a rebellion of slaves in Virginia; he was captured and executed (1800-1831)
Wiktionary

An occupational surname for a turner or tumbler.

  1. An English and Scottish surname​.

Turner was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Turner

Turner Gill is a college coach. Turner was born on August 13th, 1962 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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Turner was born on July 2nd, 1894. He breathed his last breath on February 6th, 1978.

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Turner Ward is an athlete for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Turner was born on April 11th, 1965 in Orlando, Florida.

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Turner was born on December 22nd, 1945.

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Turner Stevenson is a hockey player. He was most prominent from 1992 to 2006. Turner was born on May 18th, 1972 in Prince George, British Columbia.

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Turner Battle is a basketball player for the BC Kalev/Cramo, Étendard de Brest, Fort Worth Flyers, and Buffalo Sharks. He was most active from 2005 to 2006. Turner was born on January 11th, 1983 in Kernersville, North Carolina.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Turner

Her career lasted from 1958 to 1958. Tina was given the name Anna Mae Bullock on November 26th, 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee, U.S. Tina is also known as Anna Mae Turner, Tina Turner Bach, Little Ann, and Ann.

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Sophie Turner is an actress. Their ongoing career started in 2011. Sophie was born on February 21st, 1996 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England.

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Aidan Turner is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Aidan was born on June 19th, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Nat was born Nat Turner on October 2nd, 1800 in Southampton County, Virginia, United States. He breathed his last breath on November 11th, 1831.

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Ted Turner is a media tycoon. Ted was given the name Robert Edward Turner III on November 19th, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.

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Alex Turner is an indie rock musician and singer-songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to present. Alex was given the name Alexander David Turner on January 6th, 1986 in High Green, Sheffield, England.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 11 0 11
1881 18 0 18
1882 17 0 17
1883 11 0 11
1884 10 0 10
1885 13 0 13
1886 15 0 15
1887 13 0 13
1888 27 0 27
1889 18 0 18
1890 17 0 17
1891 11 0 11
1892 15 0 15
1893 20 0 20
1894 21 0 21
1895 13 0 13
1896 22 0 22
1897 15 0 15
1898 15 0 15
1899 16 0 16
1900 18 0 18
1901 14 0 14
1902 23 0 23
1903 12 0 12
1904 13 0 13
1905 25 0 25
1906 18 0 18
1907 19 0 19
1908 14 0 14
1909 24 0 24
1910 29 0 29
1911 24 0 24
1912 34 0 34
1913 36 0 36
1914 47 0 47
1915 68 0 68
1916 68 0 68
1917 68 0 68
1918 82 0 82
1919 59 0 59
1920 66 0 66
1921 81 7 74
1922 75 0 75
1923 54 0 54
1924 46 0 46
1925 60 0 60
1926 55 0 55
1927 46 0 46
1928 44 0 44
1929 49 0 49
1930 52 0 52
1931 39 0 39
1932 36 0 36
1933 42 0 42
1934 41 0 41
1935 31 0 31
1936 29 0 29
1937 33 0 33
1938 25 0 25
1939 46 0 46
1940 31 0 31
1941 20 0 20
1942 36 0 36
1943 33 0 33
1944 39 0 39
1945 38 0 38
1946 27 0 27
1947 40 0 40
1948 42 0 42
1949 36 0 36
1950 37 0 37
1951 38 0 38
1952 30 0 30
1953 45 0 45
1954 31 0 31
1955 34 0 34
1956 32 0 32
1957 29 0 29
1958 27 0 27
1959 16 0 16
1960 26 0 26
1961 21 0 21
1962 18 0 18
1963 25 0 25
1964 23 0 23
1965 14 0 14
1966 25 0 25
1967 22 0 22
1968 21 0 21
1969 18 0 18
1970 15 0 15
1971 19 0 19
1972 9 0 9
1973 13 0 13
1974 16 0 16
1975 12 0 12
1976 15 0 15
1977 11 0 11
1978 11 0 11
1979 15 0 15
1980 10 0 10
1981 21 0 21
1982 30 0 30
1983 34 0 34
1984 39 0 39
1985 48 0 48
1986 46 0 46
1987 46 0 46
1988 47 0 47
1989 54 0 54
1990 80 0 80
1991 85 8 77
1992 100 7 93
1993 103 5 98
1994 155 8 147
1995 154 7 147
1996 180 8 172
1997 179 9 170
1998 194 11 183
1999 202 8 194
2000 187 14 173
2001 201 7 194
2002 180 7 173
2003 162 7 155
2004 193 5 188
2005 161 6 155
2006 186 5 181
2007 219 9 210
2008 205 0 205
2009 190 6 184
2010 185 11 174
2011 230 10 220
2012 213 5 208
2013 245 12 233
2014 238 14 224
2015 244 12 232
2016 259 24 235
2017 216 15 201

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Popularity of Turner as a first name

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Popularity of Turner as a last name

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Common last names for Turner

  • Williams
  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Harris
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Jackson
  • White
  • Walker
  • Green
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Turner U.S.
  White 64.25% 64.26%
  African American 30.13% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.42% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.60% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.38% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.23% 16.26%

Of Last Name Turner

People with the last name Turner are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Turner

  • What name lists does Turner rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Turner? Turner is the 2,769th most popular name of all time. As a last name Turner was the 54th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Turner have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 8,494 babies born with the first name Turner in the United States. That's more than enough people named Turner to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Turner? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 11 new born babies.
  • When was Turner first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Turner is Wednesday, January 20th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Turner born? The highest recorded use of the first name Turner was in 2016 with a total of 235 babies.
  • Random Turner Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Turner is not a popular baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Turner: Your name in reverse order is Renrut. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rterun. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Turner? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 348,627 people with the last name Turner.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Turner? Turner was ranked as the 54th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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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