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Origin and Meaning of Withers

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  • A submission from New Hampshire, United States says the name Withers means "The highest backbone below the neck of a horse, cow, dog, sheep, etc." and is of Unknown origin.

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun With"ers
The ridge between the shoulder bones of a horse, at the base of the neck. See Illust. of Horse.

Etymology: Properly, the parts which resist the pull or strain in drawing a load; fr. OE. wither resistance, AS. wiðre, fr. wiðer against; akin to G. widerrist withers. See With (prep.)

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  1. The highest part of the back at the base of the neck of various animals especially draft animals
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1580, from Old English dialectal wiðer (“against”) (cf. wither-) +‎ -s; see with. So-named because the part of the horse that pushes against a load. Compare German Widerrist (“withers”), from wider (“against”) + Rist (“wrist”).

  1. (veterinary medicine) The part of the back of a four-legged animal that is between the shoulder blades; in many species the highest point of the body and the standard place to measure the animal's height.

Notable Persons Named Withers

His military service ended in 1954. Withers was born on November 24th, 1894 in Richmond, Virginia. He breathed his last breath on June 13th, 1977.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Withers

Bill Withers is a soul music, rhythm, blues, smooth soul, and funk musician. His ongoing career started in 1963. Bill was given the name William Harrison Withers, Jr. on July 4th, 1938 in United States.

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Jane Withers is an actress, model, and singer. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1929 to 1929. Jane was born on April 12th, 1926 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

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Pick Withers is a rock music and jazz musician and record producer. He plays Drum kit. He was most active from 1964 to present. Pick was given the name David Withers on April 4th, 1948 in Leicester. Pick is also known as Pick Withers.

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Googie Withers was an actress. She was most active from 1935 to 1935. Googie was given the name Georgette Lizette Withers on March 12th, 1917 in Karachi. She died on July 15th, 2011.

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Grant Withers was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1925 to 1959. Grant was given the name Granville G. Withers on January 17th, 1904 in Pueblo, Colorado, U.S. He breathed his last breath on March 27th, 1959.

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Everett was born on June 15th, 1963 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Popularity of Withers as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Withers U.S.
  White 73.81% 64.26%
  African American 20.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.62% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.17% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Withers

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

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Fun Facts about the name Withers

  • How Popular is the name Withers? As a last name Withers was the 3,176th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Withers first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Withers is Thursday, October 17th, 1878.
  • How unique is the name Withers? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Withers. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Withers: Your name in reverse order is Srehtiw. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Srhetiw. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Withers? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,381 people with the last name Withers.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Withers? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Withers as their last name.

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  • 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).
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