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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Waterloo

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  1. The battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon
  2. A final crushing defeat ("he met his waterloo")
  3. A town in central Belgium where in 1815 Napoleon met his final defeat
  1. Waterloo (great defeat or failure)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Waterloo

Antonie Waterloo was a in the field of painting. Antonie was born Antonie Waterloo on May 6th, 1609 in Lille. He passed away on October 23rd, 1690.


Stanley Waterloo was a newspaperman and writer. Stanley was born on May 21st, 1846. He breathed his last breath on October 11th, 1913.


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Popularity of Waterloo as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Waterloo U.S.
  White 88.01% 64.26%
  African American 1.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.87% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Waterloo

People with the last name Waterloo are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Waterloo

  • How Popular is the name Waterloo? As a last name Waterloo was the 72,771st most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Waterloo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Waterloo is Friday, May 27th, 1898.
  • How unique is the name Waterloo? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Waterloo. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Waterloo: Your name in reverse order is Oolretaw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Reoalwto. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Waterloo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 267 people with the last name Waterloo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Waterloo? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Waterloo as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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