Wallace

First Name
82k
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since 1880
Last Name
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Wallace

"Wallace" is a name of English origin, and it means "Foreigner, stranger". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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  1. English naturalist who formulated a concept of evolution that resembled Charles Darwin's (1823-1913)
  2. English writer noted for his crime novels (1875-1932)
  3. Scottish insurgent who led the resistance to Edward I; in 1297 he gained control of Scotland briefly until Edward invaded Scotland again and defeated Wallace and subsequently executed him (1270-1305)
Wiktionary

An Old English byname for a Welshman or Breton, from Old French waleis "foreign".

  1. A surname​, notably of the Scottish patriot William Wallace.
  2. A male given name, transferred use of the surname since the nineteenth century.
  3. A census-designated place in California
  4. A city in Idaho
  5. A town in Indiana
  6. A city in Kansas
  7. A census-designated place in Louisiana
  8. A village in Nebraska
  9. A town in North Carolina
  10. A town in South Dakota

Notable Persons Named Wallace

Wallace Rudolph "Wally" West is a comics character.

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Wallace Shawn is an actor, voice actor, playwright, and essayist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to present. Wallace was given the name Wallace Michael Shawn by his parent William Shawn on November 12th, 1943 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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His most notable accomplishments were from 2002 to 2002. Wallace was born on December 26th, 1979 in Taipei. Wallace is also known as Huohuo, Huage, White Tofu, and Eyelash King.

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Wallace Henry Hartley was a violinist and bandleader. Wallace was born Wallace Henry Hartley on June 2nd, 1878 in Colne, Lancashire, England. He passed away on April 15th, 1912.

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Wallace Fard is an office holder.

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Wallace Beery was an actor, singer, director, and film director. He was most active from 1913 to 1949. Wallace was given the name Wallace Fitzgerald Beery on April 1st, 1885 in Clay County, Missouri, U.S. He passed away on April 15th, 1949.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wallace

The Notorious B.I.G was a rapping and rapper. He holds the title Only You " and Niggas Bleed". His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to 1991. The was given the name Christopher George Latore Wallace on May 21st, 1972. He passed away on March 9th, 1997.

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Sir William Wallace was a commander in the scottish wars of independence, wars of scottish independence, and commander in thescottish wars of independence. William was born in 1270 in Elderslie. He passed away on August 23rd, 1305.

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David Foster Wallace was a literary fiction and non-fiction writer. He was most prominent from 1987 to 2008. David was born on February 21st, 1962 in Ithaca, New York. He died on September 12th, 2008.

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George Wallace was an office holder. His military service ended in 1945. George was born on August 25th, 1919 in Clio, Alabama, U.S. He left this life on September 13th, 1998.

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Henry A. Wallace was an office holder. Henry was born on October 7th, 1888 in Orient, Iowa. He died on November 18th, 1965.

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Alfred Russel Wallace was a scientist in the fields of exploration, evolutionary biology, zoology, and biogeography. Alfred was born on January 8th, 1823 in Llanbadoc, Monmouthshire, Wales. He passed away on November 7th, 1913.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 91 0 91
1881 88 0 88
1882 103 0 103
1883 100 0 100
1884 102 0 102
1885 107 0 107
1886 104 0 104
1887 88 0 88
1888 111 0 111
1889 115 0 115
1890 138 0 138
1891 90 0 90
1892 119 0 119
1893 114 0 114
1894 99 0 99
1895 119 0 119
1896 130 0 130
1897 131 0 131
1898 143 5 138
1899 121 0 121
1900 161 0 161
1901 132 0 132
1902 157 0 157
1903 157 0 157
1904 163 0 163
1905 167 5 162
1906 162 0 162
1907 185 0 185
1908 190 0 190
1909 190 5 185
1910 251 0 251
1911 257 0 257
1912 515 8 507
1913 630 9 621
1914 816 6 810
1915 1,089 10 1,079
1916 1,132 6 1,126
1917 1,228 13 1,215
1918 1,353 19 1,334
1919 1,492 11 1,481
1920 1,894 17 1,877 #93 boy name
1921 2,110 15 2,095 #88 boy name
1922 2,223 11 2,212 #87 boy name
1923 2,815 12 2,803 #69 boy name
1924 2,300 18 2,282 #87 boy name
1925 2,089 13 2,076 #92 boy name
1926 2,027 16 2,011 #95 boy name
1927 2,026 17 2,009 #96 boy name
1928 1,857 12 1,845
1929 1,714 8 1,706
1930 1,629 11 1,618
1931 1,549 9 1,540
1932 1,539 12 1,527
1933 1,377 11 1,366
1934 1,313 7 1,306
1935 1,206 6 1,200
1936 1,258 9 1,249
1937 1,202 13 1,189
1938 1,186 9 1,177
1939 1,082 14 1,068
1940 1,173 0 1,173
1941 1,123 8 1,115
1942 1,238 9 1,229
1943 1,260 5 1,255
1944 1,138 7 1,131
1945 1,017 10 1,007
1946 1,221 11 1,210
1947 1,196 7 1,189
1948 1,084 5 1,079
1949 1,081 6 1,075
1950 1,067 6 1,061
1951 1,004 0 1,004
1952 979 0 979
1953 1,023 8 1,015
1954 982 5 977
1955 961 10 951
1956 939 7 932
1957 871 8 863
1958 811 6 805
1959 859 6 853
1960 783 0 783
1961 727 5 722
1962 742 6 736
1963 658 0 658
1964 633 6 627
1965 539 0 539
1966 527 6 521
1967 492 5 487
1968 466 0 466
1969 423 10 413
1970 401 0 401
1971 356 0 356
1972 326 0 326
1973 284 0 284
1974 269 0 269
1975 294 0 294
1976 257 0 257
1977 246 5 241
1978 214 0 214
1979 220 0 220
1980 248 6 242
1981 224 0 224
1982 205 5 200
1983 208 0 208
1984 197 0 197
1985 180 0 180
1986 157 5 152
1987 144 0 144
1988 137 0 137
1989 161 0 161
1990 132 0 132
1991 138 0 138
1992 139 0 139
1993 121 0 121
1994 92 0 92
1995 98 0 98
1996 98 0 98
1997 93 0 93
1998 105 0 105
1999 82 0 82
2000 99 0 99
2001 103 7 96
2002 85 0 85
2003 71 0 71
2004 83 0 83
2005 106 0 106
2006 96 0 96
2007 83 0 83
2008 92 0 92
2009 73 0 73
2010 74 0 74
2011 84 0 84
2012 104 0 104
2013 148 6 142
2014 138 0 138
2015 154 0 154
2016 205 9 196

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Popularity of Wallace as a first name

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Popularity of Wallace as a last name

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Common last names for Wallace

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Anderson
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • White
  • Walker
  • Campbell
  • Jackson
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wallace U.S.
  White 69.24% 64.26%
  African American 24.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.77% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wallace

People with the last name Wallace are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wallace

  • How Popular is the name Wallace? Wallace is the 731st most popular name of all time. As a last name Wallace was the 123rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wallace have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 81,677 babies born with the first name Wallace in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wallace to occupy the country of Andorra with an estimated population of 78,115 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wallace? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 91 new born babies.
  • When was Wallace first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wallace is Thursday, December 28th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Wallace born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wallace was in 1923 with a total of 2,803 babies. That's a lot of babies named Wallace!
  • Random Wallace Factoid: According to the 1927 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wallace ranks 78th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 8 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1927.
  • Weird things about the name Wallace: Your name in reverse order is Ecallaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Aelaclw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wallace? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 197,276 people with the last name Wallace.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wallace? Wallace was ranked as the 123rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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