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Origin and Meaning of Turtle

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tur"tle
The turtledove.

Etymology: AS. turtle, L. turtur; probably of imitative origin. Cf. Turtle the sea tortoise

noun Tur"tle
  1. [Zoöl] Any one of the numerous species of Testudinata, especially a sea turtle, or chelonian.
  2. [Printing] The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.

Note: ☞ In the United States the land and fresh-water tortoises are also called turtles.

Etymology: Probably the same word as the word preceding, and substituted (probably by sailors) for the Spanish or Portuguese name; cf. Sp. tortuga tortoise, turtle, Pg. tartaruga, also F. tortue, and E. tortoise

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  1. Any of various aquatic and land reptiles having a bony shell and flipper-like limbs for swimming
  2. A sweater or jersey with a high close-fitting collar
  3. Hunt for turtles, especially as an occupation
  4. Overturn accidentally

Modification of French tortue (under the influence of turtle (“turtledove”), see Etymology 2 below), from the same source of tortoise (see there for more).

  1. (US, Canada) Any land or marine reptile of the order Testudines, characterised by a protective shell enclosing its body. See also .
  2. (Australia, Britain) A marine reptile of that order; a sea turtle.
  3. (military) An Ancient Roman attack method, where the shields held by the soldiers hide them, not only left, right, front and back, but also from above.
  4. (computing) A type of robot having a domed case (and so resembling the reptile), used in education, especially for making line drawings by means of a computer program.
  5. (computing) An on-screen cursor that serves the same function as a turtle for drawing.
  6. (printing, historical) The curved plate in which the form is held in a type-revolving cylinder press.
  7. (computing theory) A small element towards the end of a list of items to be bubble sorted, and thus tending to take a long time to be swapped into its correct position. Compare rabbit.
  8. A breakdancing move consisting of a float during which the dancer's weight shifts from one hand to the other, producing rotation or a circular "walk".

From Middle English turtle, tortle, turtel, turtul, from Old English turtle, turtla (“turtledove”), ultimately from Latin turtur (“turtledove”), of imitative origin.

  1. (now rare, archaic) A turtle dove.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Turtle

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    Jon Turtle is a producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1974 to present. Jon was born in New York.


    Georgina Carol Somerset was a dentist and royal navy officer. Georgina was given the name George Edwin Turtle on March 23rd, 1923 in Purley, England, UK. Georgina is also known as Georgina Carol Turtle, Turtle, and George Edwin (birthname); Georgina Carol Turtle (revised birth certificate). She died on November 30th, 2013.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Turtle U.S.
      White 66.57% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 24.92% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 4.26% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.43% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Turtle

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Turtle

    • How Popular is the name Turtle? As a last name Turtle was the 61,123rd most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Turtle first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Turtle is Thursday, August 4th, 1904.
    • How unique is the name Turtle? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Turtle. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Turtle: Your name in reverse order is Eltrut. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rultte. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Turtle? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 329 people with the last name Turtle.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Turtle? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Turtle as their last name since less than 1 person in 909k 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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