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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Vault
  1. [Arch] An arched structure of masonry, forming a ceiling or canopy."The long-drawn aisle and fretted vault." [Gray.]
  2. An arched apartment; especially, a subterranean room, used for storing articles, for a prison, for interment, or the like; a cell; a cellar."Charnel vaults." [Milton.]"The silent vaults of death." [Sandys.]"To banish rats that haunt our vault." [Swift.]
  3. The canopy of heaven; the sky."That heaven's vault should crack." [Shak.]
  4. Etymology: F. volte, It. volta, originally, a turn, and the same word as volta an arch. See the Etymology above

    A leap or bound.
    1. [Man]
      The bound or leap of a horse; a curvet.
    2. A leap by aid of the hands, or of a pole, springboard, or the like.

Note: ☞ The l in this word was formerly often suppressed in pronunciation.

Etymology: OE. voute, OF. voute volte, F. voûte, LL. volta, for voluta volutio, fr. L. volvere volutum, to roll, to turn about. See Voluble, and cf. Vault a leap, Volt a turn, Volute

verb Vault
  1. To form with a vault, or to cover with a vault; to give the shape of an arch to; to arch; as, to vault a roof; to vault a passage to a court."The shady arch that vaulted the broad green alley." [Sir W. Scott.]
  2. Etymology: See Vault (v. i.)

    To leap over; esp., to leap over by aid of the hands or a pole; as, to vault a fence."I will vault credit, and affect high pleasures." [Webster (1623).]

Etymology: OE. vouten, OF. volter vouter, F. voûter. See Vault an arch

verb Vault
  1. To leap; to bound; to jump; to spring." Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself." [Shak.]"Leaning on his lance, he vaulted on a tree." [Dryden.]"Lucan vaulted upon Pegasus with all the heat and intrepidity of youth." [Addison.]
  2. To exhibit feats of tumbling or leaping; to tumble.

Etymology: Cf. OF. volter, F. voltiger, It. voltare to turn. See Vault (n.), 4

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of jumping over an obstacle
  2. An arched brick or stone ceiling or roof
  3. A burial chamber (usually underground)
  4. A strongroom or compartment (often made of steel) for safekeeping of valuables
  5. Bound vigorously
  6. Jump across or leap over (an obstacle)

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Popularity of Vault as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Vault U.S.
  White 30.90% 64.26%
  African American 62.92% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Vault

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Fun Facts about the name Vault

  • How Popular is the name Vault? As a last name Vault was the 101,247th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Vault first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Vault is Wednesday, October 16th, 1889.
  • How unique is the name Vault? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Vault. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Vault: Your name in reverse order is Tluav. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Taulv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Vault? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 178 people with the last name Vault.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vault? Vault is one of the most unique last names recorded.

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Past life for Vault born Aug 2, 1949

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Israel approximately on 1350. Your profession was banker, usurer, moneylender, and judge.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn to love and to trust the Universe. You are bound to think, study, reflect and develop inner wisdom.

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  • Sources:
  • 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).