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Origin and Meaning of Zeppelin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Zep`pe*lin"
A dirigible balloon of the rigid type, consisting of a cylindrical trussed and covered frame supported by internal gas cells, and provided with means of propulsion and control. It was first successfully used by Ferdinand Count von Zeppelin.
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  1. A large rigid dirigible designed to carry passengers or bombs
  2. German inventor who designed and built the first rigid motorized dirigible (1838-1917)
  1. Alternative letter-case form of Zeppelin

zeppelin was also found in the following language(s): Dutch and French

Notable Persons With the Last Name Zeppelin

Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin is a military person. His military service ended in 1855.


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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1995 5 0 5
2003 5 0 5
2004 6 0 6
2005 7 0 7
2006 7 0 7
2007 13 0 13
2008 13 0 13
2009 20 0 20
2010 26 0 26
2011 21 0 21
2012 39 0 39
2013 49 5 44
2014 54 11 43
2015 80 10 70
2016 91 20 71
2017 105 13 92

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Popularity of Zeppelin as a first name

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Fun Facts about the name Zeppelin

  • How Popular is the name Zeppelin? Zeppelin is the 15,547th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Zeppelin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 541 babies born with the first name Zeppelin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Zeppelin 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 Zeppelin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1995 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Zeppelin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Zeppelin is Monday, September 3rd, 1923.
  • What year had the most people named Zeppelin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Zeppelin was in 2017 with a total of 92 babies.
  • Random Zeppelin Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Zeppelin is not a popular baby boy's name in Colorado. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Zeppelin: Your name in reverse order is Nileppez. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Epnipezl. How do you pronounce that?

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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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