Unique

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8k
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since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Unique mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Unique

"Unique" is a name of American origin, and it means "Unlike Others". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective U*nique"
Being without a like or equal; unmatched; unequaled; unparalleled; single in kind or excellence; sole.

Etymology: F. unique; cf. It. unico; from L. unicus, from unus one. See One

noun U*nique"
A thing without a like; something unequaled or unparalleled.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Highly unusual or rare but not the single instance ("spoke with a unique accent", "had unique ability in raising funds", "a frankness unique in literature", and "a unique dining experience")
  2. Radically distinctive and without equal ("Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint")
  3. (followed by `to') applying exclusively to a given category or condition or locality ("a species unique to Australia")
  4. The single one of its kind ("the unique existing example of Donne's handwriting", "a unique copy of an ancient manuscript", and "certain types of problems have unique solutions")
Wiktionary

Borrowing from French unique

  1. A thing without a like; something unequalled or unparallelled.

unique was also found in the following language(s): French

Notable Persons Named Unique

Unique Priscilla is an actress and model. She was most prominent from 1985 to present. Unique was given the name Unique Priscilla Mauretha on September 21st, 1970 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Unique is also known as Cilla.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Unique

Dominique Young Unique is a hip hop music and electronic music rapping and promotional model. She was most active from 2009 to present. Dominique was given the name Dominique Lashawn Clark on March 15th, 1991.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1972 6 6 0
1974 5 5 0
1975 14 14 0
1976 20 15 5
1977 37 37 0
1978 36 29 7
1979 60 60 0
1980 58 51 7
1981 52 52 0
1982 47 38 9
1983 64 56 8
1984 68 60 8
1985 75 75 0
1986 85 80 5
1987 105 93 12
1988 116 102 14
1989 165 138 27
1990 131 123 8
1991 160 144 16
1992 209 179 30
1993 203 185 18
1994 196 172 24
1995 238 215 23
1996 295 264 31
1997 288 253 35
1998 277 245 32
1999 294 259 35
2000 285 248 37
2001 309 272 37
2002 281 243 38
2003 253 221 32
2004 266 234 32
2005 289 268 21
2006 269 239 30
2007 249 225 24
2008 253 232 21
2009 308 290 18
2010 247 230 17
2011 231 217 14
2012 222 212 10
2013 163 146 17
2014 165 149 16
2015 149 138 11
2016 128 118 10
2017 137 126 11

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Popularity of Unique as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Unique

  • How Popular is the name Unique? Unique is the 2,966th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Unique have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,508 babies born with the first name Unique in the United States. That's more than enough people named Unique 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 Unique? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1972 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Unique born? The highest recorded use of the first name Unique was in 2009 with a total of 290 babies.
  • Random Unique Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Unique is not a popular baby girl's name in Colorado. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Unique: Your name in reverse order is Euqinu. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Qeunui. How do you pronounce that?

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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.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.