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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Unknown

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Un*known"
Not known; not apprehended.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A variable whose values are solutions of an equation
  2. An unknown and unexplored region ("they came like angels out the unknown")
  3. Anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
  4. Being or having an unknown or unnamed source ("a poem by an unknown author")
  5. Not known before ("don't let anyone unknown into the house")
  6. Not famous or acclaimed
  7. Not known ("an unknown amount", "an unknown island", "an unknown writer", and "an unknown source")
  8. Not known to exist ("things obscurely felt surged up from unknown depths")
Wiktionary

From un- +‎ known, past participle of know. Compare Old English ungecnawen.

  1. (algebra) A variable (usually x, y or z) whose value is to be found.
  2. Any fact or place about which nothing is known (as in the phrase "into the unknown").
  3. A person of no identity; a nonentity

Notable Persons Named Unknown

Unknown is a comics character.

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Lori was given the name Unknown in 1960. She left this life on December 24th, 2010.

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Unknown Hinson is an ameripolitan, country music, psychobilly, and rock music musician and voice acting. He was most active from 1993 to present. Unknown was given the name Stuart Daniel Baker in 1954.

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Unknown Soldier is a comics character.

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Shadow Hare is a real-life superhero. He was most prominent from 2005 to 2005. Shadow was given the name Unknown in 1987 in Milford, Ohio, U.S. Shadow is also known as Shadow hair.

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Dolk is a in the fields of stencil graffiti and street art. Dolk was given the name Unknown in 1979 in Bergen.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Unknown

Banksy is an artist in the fields of street art, bristol underground scene, sculpture, and satire. Banksy was given the name Real name: unknown .

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Unknown is a comics character.

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Lori was given the name Unknown in 1960. She left this life on December 24th, 2010.

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Marie-Angélique was given the name Birth name unknown in 1712 in French Louisiana, today part of Wisconsin, United States. Marie-Angélique is also known as The Wild Girl ofChampagne, The Maid ofChâlons, and The Wild Child ofSongy. She passed away on December 15th, 1775.

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Peter was given the name Birth name unknown in 1713 in Hanover. Peter is also known as Peter the Wild Man. He died on February 22nd, 1785.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 5 0 5
1881 8 0 8
1882 7 0 7
1883 7 0 7
1885 7 0 7
1886 5 5 0
1887 5 0 5
1888 6 0 6
1889 14 8 6
1890 12 7 5
1891 9 0 9
1892 14 0 14
1893 7 0 7
1894 20 8 12
1895 9 0 9
1896 15 6 9
1897 16 7 9
1898 23 7 16
1899 18 10 8
1900 31 15 16
1901 15 6 9
1902 23 7 16
1903 12 6 6
1904 17 10 7
1905 20 11 9
1906 9 0 9
1907 20 8 12
1908 13 5 8
1909 6 0 6
1910 13 0 13
1911 24 5 19
1912 27 12 15
1913 28 11 17
1914 29 11 18
1915 43 19 24
1916 37 13 24
1917 41 19 22
1918 51 20 31
1919 41 13 28
1920 27 9 18
1921 32 12 20
1922 32 14 18
1923 29 5 24
1924 17 10 7
1925 28 6 22
1926 20 7 13
1927 18 11 7
1928 22 12 10
1929 20 10 10
1930 23 10 13
1931 19 13 6
1932 22 14 8
1933 13 7 6
1934 16 9 7
1935 18 12 6
1936 10 10 0
1937 19 13 6
1938 15 10 5
1939 19 12 7
1940 25 19 6
1941 26 17 9
1942 43 29 14
1943 86 56 30
1944 87 60 27
1945 96 54 42
1946 147 104 43
1947 247 148 99
1948 455 293 162
1949 721 443 278
1950 915 511 404
1951 1,004 565 439
1952 1,110 622 488
1953 1,128 600 528
1954 1,193 646 547
1955 1,063 564 499
1956 999 540 459
1957 715 323 392
1958 477 209 268
1959 334 146 188
1960 327 132 195
1961 265 96 169
1962 162 57 105
1963 125 54 71
1964 93 44 49
1965 64 29 35
1966 74 34 40
1967 59 18 41
1968 50 19 31
1969 51 23 28
1970 60 18 42
1971 51 18 33
1972 29 14 15
1973 43 23 20
1974 28 8 20
1975 39 21 18
1976 30 17 13
1977 25 12 13
1978 19 9 10
1979 22 10 12
1980 16 7 9
1981 29 11 18
1982 27 15 12
1983 20 12 8
1984 12 7 5
1985 11 0 11
1986 17 8 9
1987 33 18 15
1988 162 68 94
1989 513 251 262
1990 354 162 192
1991 557 258 299
1992 290 135 155
1993 215 94 121
1994 324 161 163
1995 471 223 248
1996 106 53 53
1997 50 16 34
1998 32 18 14
1999 42 26 16
2000 81 42 39
2001 43 28 15
2002 44 18 26
2003 60 29 31
2004 41 18 23
2005 48 25 23
2006 41 16 25
2007 72 31 41
2008 134 61 73
2009 197 84 113
2010 153 64 89
2011 164 77 87
2012 160 63 97
2013 164 68 96
2014 149 72 77
2015 99 41 58
2016 80 34 46
2017 99 42 57

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Popularity of Unknown as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Unknown

  • How Popular is the name Unknown? Unknown is the 1,737th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Unknown have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 18,723 babies born with the first name Unknown in the United States. That's more than enough people named Unknown to occupy the territory of Cook Islands (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 17,791 (as of December 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Unknown? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Unknown first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Unknown is Thursday, July 1st, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Unknown born? The highest recorded use of the first name Unknown was in 1954 with a total of 646 babies.
  • Random Unknown Factoid: According to the 1952 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Unknown ranks 84th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 96 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1952.
  • Weird things about the name Unknown: Your name in reverse order is Nwonknu. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nunwnok. How do you pronounce that?

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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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