Arch name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Arch

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  1. A user from Sweden says the name Arch is of English origin and means "Gift of god".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Arch
  1. [Geom] Any part of a curved line.
  2. [Arch]
    1. Usually a curved member made up of separate wedge-shaped solids, with the joints between them disposed in the direction of the radii of the curve; used to support the wall or other weight above an opening. In this sense arches are segmental roundi. e., semicircular), or pointed.
    2. A flat arch is a member constructed of stones cut into wedges or other shapes so as to support each other without rising in a curve.
  3. Any place covered by an arch; an archway; as, to pass into the arch of a bridge.
  4. Any curvature in the form of an arch; as, the arch of the aorta."Colors of the showery arch." [Milton.]

Note: ☞ Scientifically considered, the arch is a means of spanning an opening by resolving vertical pressure into horizontal or diagonal thrust.

Etymology: F. arche, fr. LL. arca, for arcus. See Arc

verb Arch
  1. To cover with an arch or arches.
  2. To form or bend into the shape of an arch."The horse arched his neck." [Charlesworth.]
verb Arch
To form into an arch; to curve.
adjective Arch
  1. Chief; eminent; greatest; principal."The most arch act of piteous massacre." [Shak.]
  2. Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad."He] spoke his request with so arch a leer." [Tatler.]

Etymology: See Arch-, pref

noun Arch
A chief.

Etymology: See Arch- pref

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (architecture) a masonry construction (usually curved) for spanning an opening and supporting the weight above it
  2. A passageway under a curved masonry construction ("they built a triumphal arch to memorialize their victory")
  3. A curved bony structure supporting or enclosing organs (especially the inner sides of the feet)
  4. A curved shape in the vertical plane that spans an opening
  5. Form an arch or curve ("her back arches")
  6. Naughtily or annoyingly playful
  7. (used of behavior or attitude) characteristic of those who treat others with condescension

From Middle English arch, arche, from Old French arche (“an arch”) (French arche), a feminine form of arc, from Latin arcus (“a bow, arc, arch”).

  1. An inverted U shape.
  2. An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
  3. (architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
  4. Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
    to pass into the of a bridge
  5. (archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
  6. A natural arch-shaped opening in a rock mass.
  7. (anatomy) Curved part of the bottom of a foot.

From the prefix arch-. "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.

  1. (obsolete) A chief.

    arch was also found in the following language(s): Czech, Middle Dutch, Middle Welsh, and Welsh

    Notable Persons Named Arch

    Notable Persons Named Arch

    Arch Johnson

    Arch Johnson was a stage, film, and television actor. He was most active from 1953 to 1990. Arch was given the name Archibald Winchester Johnson on March 14th, 1922 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S. He left this life on October 9th, 1997.

    Arch A. Moore, Jr.

    Arch A. Moore, Jr. was a Chairperson of the National Governors Association and Chairperson of theNational Governors Association. Their military service ended in 1946. Arch was born on April 16th, 1923 in Moundsville, West Virginia. They died on January 7th, 2015.

    Arch West

    Arch was born on September 8th, 1914. He passed away on September 20th, 2011.

    Arch Ward

    Arch was born on December 27th, 1896. He left this life on July 9th, 1955.

    Arch Bevis

    Arch Bevis is a member of parliament. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to 2010. Arch was born on April 10th, 1955.

    Arch Wilkinson Shaw

    Arch Wilkinson Shaw was a management theorist, editor, and publisher. Arch was born on August 4th, 1876 in Jackson, Michigan. Arch is also known as Arch W. Shaw and A.W. Shaw. He breathed his last breath on March 9th, 1962.

    • Arch W. McFarlane

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Arch

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Arch

    Lisa Arch

    Lisa Arch is an actor, comedian, and actress/comedian. She has had major accomplishments since 1993. Lisa was given the name Lisa Kushell on November 23rd, 1971 in Los Angeles.

    Hannes Arch

    Hannes was born on September 22nd, 1967.

    David Arch

    Joseph Arch

    Joseph Arch was an office holder. Joseph was born on November 10th, 1826 in Barford, Warwickshire. He died on February 12th, 1919.

    Russell Arch

    Bill Arch

    Bill was born on March 26th, 1937.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Arch U.S.
      White 77.17% 64.26%
      African American 8.60% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 6.10% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.11% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 5.63% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Arch

    People with the last name Arch are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Arch

  1. How Popular is the name Arch? Arch is the 6,169th most popular name of all time. As a last name Arch was the 20,687th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Arch have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,429 babies born with the first name Arch in the United States. That's more than enough people named Arch to occupy the territory of Norfolk Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 2,302 (as of August 9, 2011).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Arch? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 61 new born babies.
  4. When was Arch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Arch is Friday, March 27th, 1868.
  5. What year had the most people named Arch born? The highest recorded use of the first name Arch was in 1880 with a total of 61 babies.
  6. Random Arch Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Arch is not a popular baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Oklahoma have the same name in 1919.
  7. Weird things about the name Arch: The name spelled backwards is Hcra. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Hcra. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Arch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,279 people with the last name Arch.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Arch? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Arch as their last name since less than 1 person in 233k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  10. Arch name meaning

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