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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tyson

"Tyson" is a name of English origin, and it means "Firebrand or Son of Denis". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (born in 1966)
Wiktionary

Nickname from Old French tison (“firebrand”). Also a patronymic surname, variant of Dyson, from Dennis +‎ -son.

  • In the U.S.A. adopted by a German family who came to America (Germantown, PA) in 1683, originally named Teisen "son of Theiss", which was short for Matthias. Original spellings were Theisen, Theissen, Teisen, Teison.
  1. A surname​.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Tyson

Tyson was born on August 12th, 1988 in Manchester, England.

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Tyson Kidd is a wrestler. Tyson was born on July 11th, 1980 in Calgary.

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Tyson Gay is an athlete. Tyson was born on August 9th, 1982 in Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.

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Tyson Chandler is a basketball player for the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, and New York Knicks in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2001. Tyson was born on October 2nd, 1982 in Hanford, California.

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Tyson Ritter is an alternative rock and pop punk musician. He plays Piano, Bass guitar, Guitar, Vibraphone, Recorder (musical instrument), Pedal steel guitar, Broom, Marxophone, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 1997. Tyson was given the name Tyson Jay Ritter on April 24th, 1984 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.

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Tyson Beckford is a model. Tyson was born on December 19th, 1970 in Rochester, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Tyson

Mike Tyson is a boxer. Mike was born on June 30th, 1966 in New York, U.S.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a scientist in the fields of astrophysics, physical cosmology, and science communication. Neil was born on October 5th, 1958 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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Cicely Tyson is an actress. She was most active from 1951 to present. Cicely was born on December 18th, 1924 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Richard was given the name Richard Martin Tyson on February 13th, 1961 in Mobile, Alabama.

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Ian Tyson is a country music, folk music, western music (north america), and country rock musician. He has had major accomplishments since 1959. Ian was given the name Ian Dawson Tyson on September 25th, 1933 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

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Cathy Tyson is an actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1984. Cathy was given the name Catherine Tyson on June 12th, 1965 in Kingston-upon-Thames, London, England.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1912 5 0 5
1913 9 0 9
1914 5 0 5
1915 9 0 9
1916 13 0 13
1917 6 0 6
1918 9 0 9
1919 9 0 9
1920 11 0 11
1921 10 0 10
1922 14 0 14
1923 7 0 7
1924 7 0 7
1925 12 0 12
1926 12 0 12
1927 11 0 11
1928 7 0 7
1930 11 0 11
1932 5 0 5
1933 5 0 5
1934 6 0 6
1935 9 0 9
1936 6 0 6
1939 6 0 6
1940 11 0 11
1941 9 0 9
1943 10 0 10
1944 11 0 11
1945 8 0 8
1946 14 0 14
1947 21 0 21
1948 8 0 8
1949 19 0 19
1950 16 0 16
1951 12 0 12
1952 13 0 13
1953 16 0 16
1954 19 0 19
1955 23 0 23
1956 20 0 20
1957 21 0 21
1958 14 0 14
1959 20 0 20
1960 32 0 32
1961 24 0 24
1962 45 0 45
1963 43 0 43
1964 45 0 45
1965 45 0 45
1966 58 0 58
1967 77 0 77
1968 84 0 84
1969 107 0 107
1970 174 0 174
1971 243 0 243
1972 268 0 268
1973 447 5 442
1974 605 16 589
1975 655 17 638
1976 691 13 678
1977 769 14 755
1978 831 14 817
1979 818 17 801
1980 930 16 914
1981 921 14 907
1982 875 14 861
1983 842 12 830
1984 934 10 924
1985 943 10 933
1986 971 13 958
1987 942 7 935
1988 951 14 937
1989 666 0 666
1990 570 0 570
1991 469 5 464
1992 365 0 365
1993 419 0 419
1994 404 0 404
1995 470 5 465
1996 504 0 504
1997 563 7 556
1998 660 6 654
1999 744 8 736
2000 828 10 818
2001 839 7 832
2002 932 0 932
2003 1,039 0 1,039
2004 1,133 17 1,116
2005 1,237 0 1,237
2006 1,247 0 1,247
2007 1,270 0 1,270
2008 1,406 6 1,400
2009 1,490 0 1,490
2010 1,475 6 1,469
2011 1,385 5 1,380
2012 1,353 5 1,348
2013 1,327 10 1,317
2014 1,277 5 1,272
2015 1,127 0 1,127
2016 1,030 0 1,030

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Popularity of Tyson as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tyson U.S.
  White 52.86% 64.26%
  African American 41.40% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.46% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.67% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.37% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tyson

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

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Fun Facts about the name Tyson

  • How Popular is the name Tyson? Tyson is the 1,117th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tyson was the 1,221st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tyson have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 41,088 babies born with the first name Tyson in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tyson to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Tyson? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Tyson first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tyson is Wednesday, March 8th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Tyson born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tyson was in 2009 with a total of 1,490 babies. That's a lot of babies named Tyson!
  • Random Tyson Factoid: According to the 1975 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tyson ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 30 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 1975.
  • Weird things about the name Tyson: Your name in reverse order is Nosyt. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tsony. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tyson? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 28,947 people with the last name Tyson.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tyson? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Tyson as their last name.

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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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