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 Detroit

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  1. A user from New Zealand says the name Detroit is of New Zealand origin and means "Named after a river".
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  1. The largest city in Michigan and a major Great Lakes port; center of the United States automobile industry; located in southeastern Michigan on the Detroit river across from Windsor

From French détroit (“strait”) in Rivière du Détroit (Detroit River)

  1. The largest city and former capital of Michigan, United States, a major port on the Detroit River, known as the traditional automotive center of the U.S. It is the county seat of Wayne County.
  2. (by metonymy) The United States' automotive industry.
    Why are we bailing out those fat cats, when they're the ones who got us into this mess?

Detroit was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Detroit

Notable Persons Named Detroit

Detroit Steel

Detroit Junior

Detroit Junior was a chicago blues and electric blues musician. He was most active from 1950 to 2005. Detroit was given the name Emery Williams, Jr. on October 26th, 1931 in Haynes, Arkansas. He passed away on August 9th, 2005.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Detroit

Notable Persons With the Last Name Detroit

Marcy Levy/Marcella Detroit

Marcy Levy/Marcella Detroit is a musician. Her ongoing career started in 1972. Marcy was given the name Marcella Levy on June 21st, 1952. Marcy is also known as Marcy Levy.

Mehmed Ali Pasha

Mehmed Ali Pasha was a marshal and chief of staff of the. Mehmed was given the name Ludwig Karl Friedrich Detroit on November 18th, 1827 in Brandenburg an der Havel. He left this life on September 7th, 1878.

Aaron Detroit

Aaron Detroit is an alternative rock, deathrock, punk rock, indie rock, and queercore singer-songwriter and music journalism. He plays Synthesizer, Piano, Bass guitar, Guitar, Programming (music), and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1992.


Fun Facts about the name Detroit

  • How Popular is the name Detroit? Detroit is the 33,181st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Detroit have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 136 babies born with the first name Detroit in the United States. That's more than enough people named Detroit 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 Detroit? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Detroit first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Detroit is Friday, August 25th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Detroit born? The highest recorded use of the first name Detroit was in 1922 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Random Detroit Factoid: According to the 1919 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Detroit is not a popular baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Virginia have the same name in 1919.
  • Weird things about the name Detroit: The name spelled backwards is Tiorted. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Itroedt. How do you pronounce that?
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