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Origin and Meaning of Unicorn

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  • A submission from California, United States says the name Unicorn means "Mighty Wind Runner" and is of English origin.
  • A submission from Mississippi, United States says the name Unicorn means "Awesome" and is of French origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun U"ni*corn
  1. A fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; -- often represented in heraldry as a supporter.
  2. A two-horned animal of some unknown kind, so called in the Authorized Version of the Scriptures."Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow?" [Job xxxix. 10.]
  3. [Zoöl]
    1. Any large beetle having a hornlike prominence on the head or prothorax.
    2. The larva of a unicorn moth.
  4. [Zoöl] The kamichi; -- called also unicorn bird.
  5. [Mil] A howitzer.(Obs)

Note: ☞ The unicorn mentioned in the Scripture was probably the urus. See the Note under Reem.

Etymology: OE. unicorne, F. unicorne, L. unicornis one-horned, having a single horn; unus one + cornu a horn; cf. L. unicornuus a unicorn. See One, and Horn

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An imaginary creature represented as a white horse with a long horn growing from its forehead
Unicorn with a maiden, fresco in Palazzo Farnese, Rome, probably by Domenichino, ca 1602 (1)

From Anglo-Norman unicorne, Old French unicorne, and their source, Latin ūnicornis, from unus (“one”) + cornu (“horn”). Other senses from either rarity (e.g., possessing multiple skills) or by physical resemblance to having a horn (e.g., howitzer).

  1. A mythical beast resembling a horse or deer with a single, straight, spiraled horn projecting from its forehead.
  2. A heraldic representation of such a beast used as a charge or as a supporter; as in the arms of Great Britain and of Scotland.
  3. (historical) In various Bible translations, used to render the Latin unicornis or rhinoceros (representing Hebrew רְאֵם); a reem or wild ox.
  4. Any large beetle having a horn-like prominence on the head or prothorax, especially the Hercules beetle, Dynastes tityus.
  5. The larva of a unicorn moth.
  6. The kamichi, or unicorn bird.
  7. (military) A howitzer.
  8. (sexual slang) a single, usually bisexual woman who participates in swinging and/or polyamory.
  9. (finance) A startup company whose valuation has exceeded one billion U.S. dollars, which is solely backed by venture capitalists, and which has yet to have an IPO.
  10. (business) A person with multidisciplinary expertise (due to rarity and value), especially three or more skills in a young field such as UX design or data science (e.g., domain knowledge, statistics, and software engineering).

Notable Persons Named Unicorn

Unicorn is a comics character.


Unicorn Kid is a chiptune, seapunk, bouncy techno, rave music, and tropical house musician. He plays Keyboard instrument and Synthesizer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Unicorn was given the name Oliver Sabin on November 5th, 1991 in Edinburgh. Unicorn is also known as Unicorn Kid.


He was most active from 1946 to 1987. Unicorn was born in 1946 in Hong Kong. Unicorn is also known as Little Unicorn and Siu Kei Lun. He left this life on March 31st, 1987.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Unicorn

Unicorn is a comics character.


Fun Facts about the name Unicorn

  • How unique is the name Unicorn? Out of 5,933,561 records in the U.S. Social Security Administration public data, the first name Unicorn was not present. It is possible the name you are searching has less than five occurrences per year.
  • Weird things about the name Unicorn: Your name in reverse order is Nrocinu. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ncuoinr. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Unicorn born May 26, 1973

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Tibet approximately on 950. Your profession was banker, usurer, moneylender, and judge.

Psychologically, you had a Bohemian personality - mysterious, highly gifted, capable of understanding ancient books. Magical abilities, could be a servant of dark forces. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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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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