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Origin and Meaning of Young

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  • A submission from Trinidad and Tobago says the name Young means "Child or kid ungrounded" and is of Muslim origin.
  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Young is of Unknown origin and means ""Positive minded"".
  • According to a user from Florida, United States, the name Young is of English origin and means "Loved".
  • According to a user from South Carolina, United States, the name Young is of Unknown origin and means "Youth forever and beautiful".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Young
Senses
  1. Not long born; still in the first part of life; not yet arrived at adolescence, maturity, or age; not old; juvenile; -- said of animals; as, a young child; a young man; a young fawn."For he so young and tender was of age." [Chaucer.]"“Whom the gods love, die young,” has been too long carelessly said; . . . whom the gods love, live young forever." [Mrs. H. H. Jackson.]
  2. Being in the first part, pr period, of growth; as, a young plant; a young tree."While the fears of the people were young." [De Foe.]
  3. Having little experience; inexperienced; unpracticed; ignorant; weak."Come, come, elder brother, you are too young in this." [Shak.]

Etymology: OE. yung yong ȝong ȝung, AS. geong; akin to OFries. iung iong, D. joing, OS., OHG., & G. jung, Icel. ungr, Sw. & Dan. ung, Goth. juggs, Lith. jaunas, Russ. iunuii, L. juvencus juvenis, Skr. juvaça juvan. √281. Cf. Junior Juniper Juvenile Younker Youth

noun Young
The offspring of animals, either a single animal or offspring collectively.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any immature animal
  2. Young people collectively ("rock music appeals to the young")
  3. United States religious leader of the Mormon Church after the assassination of Joseph Smith; he led the Mormon exodus from Illinois to Salt Lake City, Utah (1801-1877)
  4. United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
  5. English poet (1683-1765)
  6. United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
  7. British physicist and Egyptologist; he revived the wave theory of light and proposed a three-component theory of color vision; he also played an important role in deciphering the hieroglyphics on the Rosetta Stone (1773-1829)
  8. United States civil rights leader (1921-1971)
  9. United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
  10. (of crops) harvested at an early stage of development; before complete maturity ("young corn")
  11. Not tried or tested by experience ("a young hand at plowing")
  12. Being in its early stage ("a young industry" and "the day is still young")
  13. (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth ("young people")
  14. Suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh ("he is young for his age")
Wiktionary
  1. A British distinguishing surname​ for the younger of two people having the same given name.
  2. A census-designated place in Arizona.
  3. A town in New South Wales, Australia.
  4. A village in Saskatchewan, Canada.
  5. A city in Uruguay.

Notable Persons Named Young

Young Thug is a hip hop music musician. He has been prominent since 2011. Young was given the name Jeffrey Lamar Williams on August 9th, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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Young Jeezy is a hip hop music rapping. He was most prominent from 1998 to 1998. Young was given the name Jay Wayne Jenkins on September 28th, 1977 in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S. Young is also known as Lil J, Jeezy, and The Snowman.

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Young Dolph is a hip hop music rapping. His ongoing career started in 2010. Young was given the name Adolph Thornton Jr. on August 11th, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Young is also known as Dolph Gabbana.

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Young Buck is a hip hop music rapper, actor, record producer, entrepreneur, rapping, and entrepreneurship. He has been prominent since 1995. Young was given the name David Darnell Brown on March 15th, 1981 in Nashville, Tennessee. Young is also known as Buck Luda.

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Young MC is a hip hop music and pop-rap singing, songwriter, rapping, record producer, and actor. He was most active from 1989 to present. Young was given the name Marvin Young on May 10th, 1967. Young is also known as Mr. M.C. and The Young M.C. Man.

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Young Chop is a hip hop music, trap music, and drill (music genre) record producer and entrepreneur. He plays FL Studio and Logic Pro. He has been prominent since 2011. Young was given the name Tyree Pittman on November 14th, 1993 in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Young

Dr. Dre is a hip hop music, gangsta rap, and g-funk musician. He holds the title Fuck Tha Police", Nuthin' But a "G" Thang", and Still D.R.E.". His most notable accomplishments were from 1984 to present. Dr. was given the name Andre Romelle Young on February 18th, 1965 in Compton, California, United States.

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Neil Young is a rock music, folk music, and country music musician. He plays Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Old Black, Martin D-45, Neil Young, Gretsch White Falcon, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1960. Neil was given the name Neil Percival Young on November 12th, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Neil is also known as Bernard Shakey, Phil Perspective, Shakey Deal, Clyde Coil, Ol' Neil, Joe Canuck, Joe Yankee, Marc Lynch, and Pinecone Young.

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Angus Young is a hard rock, blues rock, rock, and roll musician, songwriter, and producer. He plays Guitar and Gibson SG. He has been prominent since 1970. Angus was born on March 31st, 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Nick Young is a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, and Philadelphia 76ers in the National Basketball Association. His ongoing career started in 2007. Nick was born on June 1st, 1985 in Los Angeles.

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Sean Young is an actress and actor. Her ongoing career started in 1980. Sean was given the name Mary Sean Young on November 20th, 1959 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States.

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Malcolm Young is a hard rock, blues rock, rock, and roll musician, songwriter, and producer. He plays Guitar, Gretsch G6131, Gretsch, Fender Telecaster, Gibson L6-S, and Vocals. His most notable accomplishments were from 1969 to 2014. Malcolm was given the name Malcolm Mitchell Young on January 6th, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 14 0 14
1881 9 0 9
1882 9 0 9
1883 12 0 12
1884 11 0 11
1885 10 0 10
1886 10 0 10
1887 12 0 12
1888 6 0 6
1889 10 0 10
1890 7 0 7
1891 6 0 6
1892 7 0 7
1893 6 0 6
1894 5 0 5
1895 8 0 8
1896 6 0 6
1897 9 0 9
1898 7 0 7
1899 5 0 5
1900 8 0 8
1901 5 0 5
1902 11 0 11
1903 5 0 5
1904 6 0 6
1907 8 0 8
1908 6 0 6
1909 7 0 7
1910 7 0 7
1911 12 0 12
1912 15 0 15
1913 11 0 11
1914 18 0 18
1915 16 0 16
1916 21 0 21
1917 30 0 30
1918 25 0 25
1919 22 0 22
1920 26 5 21
1921 23 0 23
1922 32 0 32
1923 25 0 25
1924 21 0 21
1925 18 0 18
1926 18 0 18
1927 23 0 23
1928 16 0 16
1929 20 6 14
1930 23 0 23
1931 17 0 17
1932 21 7 14
1933 19 0 19
1934 14 0 14
1935 22 5 17
1936 26 5 21
1937 8 0 8
1938 19 5 14
1939 11 0 11
1940 13 0 13
1941 12 0 12
1942 16 6 10
1943 19 0 19
1944 24 7 17
1945 6 0 6
1946 22 5 17
1947 26 8 18
1948 25 6 19
1949 21 7 14
1950 26 8 18
1951 19 8 11
1952 30 16 14
1953 21 9 12
1954 31 11 20
1955 24 7 17
1956 23 8 15
1957 22 6 16
1958 23 10 13
1959 22 11 11
1960 21 7 14
1961 23 7 16
1962 18 6 12
1963 20 6 14
1964 22 11 11
1965 20 8 12
1966 8 0 8
1967 11 6 5
1968 20 0 20
1969 29 12 17
1970 14 0 14
1971 28 8 20
1972 28 6 22
1973 28 7 21
1974 28 7 21
1975 43 13 30
1976 35 9 26
1977 29 11 18
1978 43 13 30
1979 42 11 31
1980 33 12 21
1981 55 16 39
1982 46 9 37
1983 48 19 29
1984 48 10 38
1985 44 15 29
1986 45 13 32
1987 28 12 16
1988 35 9 26
1989 44 11 33
1990 45 14 31
1991 60 18 42
1992 49 13 36
1993 44 15 29
1994 48 6 42
1995 39 8 31
1996 29 5 24
1997 46 8 38
1998 27 5 22
1999 25 0 25
2000 22 0 22
2001 9 0 9
2002 13 0 13
2003 11 0 11
2004 11 0 11
2005 11 0 11
2007 11 0 11
2008 9 0 9
2009 8 0 8
2010 6 0 6
2012 10 0 10
2013 8 0 8
2014 9 0 9
2015 12 0 12
2016 5 0 5
2017 6 0 6

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Popularity of Young as a first name

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Popularity of Young as a last name

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Common last names for Young

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Young U.S.
  White 66.26% 64.26%
  African American 24.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.03% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.79% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.58% 16.26%

Of Last Name Young

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

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Fun Facts about the name Young

  • How Popular is the name Young? Young is the 5,539th most popular name of all time. As a last name Young was the 32nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Young have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,738 babies born with the first name Young in the United States. That's more than enough people named Young to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Young? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Young first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Young is Sunday, December 10th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Young born? The highest recorded use of the first name Young was in 1991 with a total of 42 babies.
  • Random Young Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Young ranks 105th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 7 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Young: Your name in reverse order is Gnuoy. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Uyngo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Young? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 484,447 people with the last name Young.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Young? Young was ranked as the 32nd 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).
  • 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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