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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wagner

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  • A user from Maryland, United States says the name Wagner is of German origin and means "Someone who made wagons".
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  1. The music of Wagner ("they say that Hitler listened only to Wagner")
  2. German composer of operas and inventor of the musical drama in which drama and spectacle and music are fused (1813-1883)
  3. Austrian architect and pioneer of modern architecture (1841-1918)

From German Wagner, meaning ‘wainwright’, later conflated with ‘wheelwright’. See also the English surnames Wainwright and Wheelwright.

  1. A surname​ of German origin. Widely known as the surname of the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883).

Wagner was also found in the following language(s): German, Hungarian, and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Wagner

Wagner Moura is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Wagner was given the name Wagner Maniçoba de Moura on June 27th, 1976 in Salvador, Bahia.


Wagner Moura Lamounier is a black metal, death metal, and thrash metal musician. He plays Guitar and Vocals. Wagner was given the name Wagner Lamounier in Brazil. Wagner is also known as Antichrist.


Wágner is a soccer player for the Tianjin Teda F.C., América Futebol Clube (MG), Cruzeiro Esporte Clube, Ittihad FC, FC Lokomotiv Moscow, Gaziantepspor, and Fluminense FC. Wágner was born on January 29th, 1985 in Sete Lagoas.


Wagner Lopes is a soccer player for the Atlético Clube Goianiense, São Paulo FC, Yokohama F. Marinos, Kashiwa Reysol, Honda FC, Shonan Bellmare, Nagoya Grampus, F.C. Tokyo, Avispa Fukuoka, and Japan national football team. Wagner was born on January 29th, 1969 in Franca.


Wagner Ribeiro is a soccer player for the El Jaish SC, Ituano FC, FC Kaiserslautern, Panionios F.C., and Al Ahli SC (Doha). Wagner was born on November 14th, 1987 in Vukovar.


Wagner was born on December 30th, 1987 in Campinas. He left this life on August 5th, 2012.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Wagner

Priscilla Presley is an actress and businesswoman. Priscilla was given the name Priscilla Ann Wagner on May 24th, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, United States.


Robert Wagner is an actor and producer. He was most active from 1950 to present. Robert was given the name Robert John Wagner, Jr. on February 10th, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.


Lindsay Wagner is an actress, author, singer, adjunct professor, model (people), and model. Her ongoing career started in 1971. Lindsay was given the name Lindsay Jean Wagner on June 22nd, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Alex Wagner is a television show host. Alex was given the name Alexandra Swe Wagner on December 4th, 1977 in Washington, D.C.


Natasha Gregson Wagner is an actress and actor. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Natasha was given the name Natasha Gregson by her parents Natalie Wood and Richard Gregson on September 29th, 1970 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Jane Wagner is a screenwriter, film director, record producer, director, and producer. Jane was born on February 26th, 1935 in Morristown, Tennessee.


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Popularity of Wagner as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wagner U.S.
  White 92.47% 64.26%
  African American 2.60% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.40% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wagner

People with the last name Wagner are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Wagner

  • How Popular is the name Wagner? Wagner is the 22,398th most popular name of all time. As a last name Wagner was the 173rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wagner have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 285 babies born with the first name Wagner in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wagner to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wagner? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Wagner first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wagner is Thursday, May 15th, 1884.
  • What year had the most people named Wagner born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wagner was in 2009 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Wagner: Your name in reverse order is Rengaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Earwgn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wagner? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 155,795 people with the last name Wagner.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wagner? Wagner was ranked as the 173rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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