• 115 Win


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in the U.S.
since 1880
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Win mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Win

"Win" is a name of English origin, and it means "Friend". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Win
  1. To gain by superiority in competition or contest; to obtain by victory over competitors or rivals; as, to win the prize in a gate; to win money; to win a battle, or to win a country. "This city for to win."Chaucer."Who thus shall Canaan win." [Milton.]"Thy well-breathed horse Impels the flying car, and wins the course." [Dryden.]
  2. To allure to kindness; to bring to compliance; to gain or obtain, as by solicitation or courtship."Thy virtue wan me; with virtue preserve me." [Sir P. Sidney.]"She is a woman; therefore to be won." [Shak.]
  3. To gain over to one's side or party; to obtain the favor, friendship, or support of; to render friendly or approving; as, to win an enemy; to win a jury.
  4. To come to by toil or effort; to reach; to overtake.(Archaic)"Even in the porch he him did win." [Spenser.]"And when the stony path began, By which the naked peak they wan, Up flew the snowy ptarmigan." [Sir W. Scott.]
  5. [Mining] To extract, as ore or coal.
    synonyms: To gain; get; procure; earn. See Gain.

Etymology: OE. winnen, AS. winnan to strive, labor, fight, endure; akin to OFries. winna, OS. winnan, D. winnen to win, gain, G. gewinnen, OHG. winnan to strive, struggle, Icel. vinna to labor, suffer, win, Dan. vinde to win, Sw. vinna, Goth. winnan to suffer, Skr. van to wish, get, gain, conquer. √138. Cf. Venerate Winsome Wish Wont (a.)

verb Win
To gain the victory; to be successful; to triumph; to prevail.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A victory (as in a race or other competition) ("he was happy to get the win")
  2. Something won (especially money)
  3. Be the winner in a contest or competition; be victorious ("Win the game")
  4. Obtain advantages, such as points, etc. ("win points")
  5. Win something through one's efforts ("win someone's confidence and friendship")
  6. Acquire or deserve by one's efforts or actions
  7. Attain success or reach a desired goal

From Middle English winne, wunne, from Old English wynn (“joy, rapture, pleasure, delight, gladness”), from Proto-Germanic *wunjō (“joy, delight, pleasure, lust”), from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (“to strive, wish, desire, love”). Cognate with German Wonne (“bliss, joy, delight”), archaic Dutch wonne (“joy”), Danish ynde (“grace”), Icelandic yndi (“delight”).

  1. (Britain dialectal, Scotland) Pleasure; joy; delight.

From Middle English winnen, from Old English winnan (“to labour, swink, toil, trouble oneself; resist, oppose, contradict; fight, strive, struggle, rage; endure”) (compare Old English ġewinnan (“conquer, obtain, gain; endure, bear, suffer; be ill”)), from Proto-Germanic *winnaną (“to swink, labour, win, gain, fight”), from Proto-Indo-European *wenh₁- (“to strive, wish, desire, love”). Cognate with Low German winnen, Dutch winnen, German gewinnen, Norwegian Bokmål vinne, Norwegian Nynorsk and Swedish vinna.

From Middle English winn, winne, from Old English winn (“toil, labor, trouble, hardship; profit, gain; conflict, strife, war”), from Proto-Germanic *winną (“labour, struggle, fight”), from Proto-Indo-European *wen- (“to strive, desire, wish, love”). Cognate with German Gewinn (“profit, gain”), Dutch gewin (“profit, gain”).

  1. gain; profit; income
  2. wealth; owndom; goods
  3. an individual victory (opposite of a loss)
    Our first of the season put us in high spirits.
  4. (slang) a feat, an (extraordinary) achievement (opposite of a fail)

    win was also found in the following language(s): Chuukese, Dutch, Kis, North Frisian, Old Dutch, Old English, Polish, Tok Pisin, Torres Strait Creole, and Welsh

    Notable Persons Named Win

    Win Butler is an indie rock, art rock, and baroque pop musician. He plays Fender Jaguar, Fender Telecaster Custom, Mosrite, and C. F. Martin & Company. He has been prominent since 2000. Win was given the name Edwin Farnham Butler III on April 14th, 1980 in Truckee, California.



    Peter Chou is an enterprenuer. Peter was given the name Win Than in 1956 in Mandalay.


    Win Mercer was a baseball player. Win was born on June 20th, 1874 in Chester, West Virginia. He passed away on January 12th, 1903.


    Win Naing Soe is a soccer player for the Yadanarbon F.C. Win was born on October 24th, 1993 in Mandalay.


    Win Ng was a sculptor, industrial designer, and illustrator. Win was born on April 13th, 1936 in Chinatown, San Francisco. He died on September 6th, 1991.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Win

    Ne Win was a president. He was most active from 1962 to 1988. Ne was born on May 14th, 1910 in Paungdale. He left this life on December 5th, 2002.


    Khin was born as the child of Ne Win in 1952 in Yangon.


    Soe Win was a prime minister. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to 2007. His military service ended in 2007. Soe was born on May 10th, 1947 in Taunggyi. He died on October 12th, 2007.


    Aung Ko Win is a businessman. Aung was born in Myanmar. Aung is also known as Saya Kyaung.


    Kyaw Thu is an actor, film director, and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to 1984. Kyaw was given the name Kyaw Win on November 2nd, 1959 in Yangon.


    Kyaw Zayar Win is a soccer player for the Ayeyawady United F.C., Shan United F.C., Perak FA, Myanmar national under-23 football team, and Myanmar national football team. Kyaw was born on May 2nd, 1991 in Myanmar.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Win U.S.
      White 6.06% 64.26%
      African American 1.24% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 88.01% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.21% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.30% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.17% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Win

    People with the last name Win are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Win

    • How Popular is the name Win? Win is the 34,070th most popular name of all time. As a last name Win was the 11,209th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Win have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 115 babies born with the first name Win in the United States. That's more than enough people named Win 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 Win? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1951 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Win first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Win is Thursday, December 24th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Win born? The highest recorded use of the first name Win was in 1956 with a total of 10 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Win: Your name in reverse order is Niw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nwi. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Win? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,820 people with the last name Win.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Win? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Win as their last name since less than 1 person in 104k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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).
    • 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).
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