Island name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Island

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  1. According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Island is of English origin and means "Beautiful and unique and very different in a good way.Being inspiring".
  2. A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Island is of Hawaiian origin and means "A small piece of land surrounded by crystal clear water".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Is"land
  1. A tract of land surrounded by water, and smaller than a continent. Cf. Continent.
  2. Anything regarded as resembling an island; as, an island of ice.
  3. [Zoöl] See Isle (n.), 2.

Etymology: OE. iland yland, AS. īgland �gland �glond; īg �g, island + land lond, land. AS. īg �g, is akin to AS. water, river, OHG. �uwa, G. au meadow, Icel. ey island, Dan. & Sw. ö, Goth. ahwa a stream, water, L. aqua water. The s is due to confusion with isle. Cf. Ait Eyot Ewer Aquatic

verb Is"land
  1. To cause to become or to resemble an island; to make an island or islands of; to isle.
  2. To furnish with an island or with islands; as, to island the deep.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A zone or area resembling an island
  2. A land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water

From earlier iland, from Middle English iland, yland, ylond, from Old English īġland, īeġland, ēaland (“island”), from Old English īeġ (“island”) (from Proto-Germanic *awjō (“island, waterland, meadow”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂ekʷeh₂) + land (“land”), equivalent to ea +‎ land. Cognate with Scots iland, yland (“island”), West Frisian eilân (“island”), Saterland Frisian Ailound (“island”), Dutch eiland (“island”), Low German Eiland (“island”), German Eiland (“island”), Danish ø (“island”), Icelandic eyland (“island”). The erroneous insertion of s—a late (16th century) spelling modification—is due to unrelated term isle. Related also to German Aue (“water-meadow”), Latin aqua (“water”). More at ea.

  1. A contiguous area of land, smaller than a continent, totally surrounded by water.
  2. An entity surrounded by other entities that are very different from itself.
    an of tranquility (a calm place surrounded by a noisy environment)
    an of colour on a butterfly's wing
  3. A superstructure on an aircraft carrier's deck.
  4. A traffic island.
    the in the middle of a roundabout
  5. (government) An unincorporated area wholly surrounded by one or more incorporated areas.
  6. (grammar) A phrase from which a wh-word cannot be extracted without yielding invalid grammar.

island was also found in the following language(s): Scots

Notable Persons Named Island

Notable Persons Named Island


ísland is a world music, adult contemporary music, post-disco, dance-pop, and pop music musician. They have had major accomplishments since 2012. ísland was given the name Island Colin Thomas in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Island

Notable Persons With the Last Name Island

Robert of Holy Island

He breathed his last breath on June 7th, 1283.

Hezekiah Butterworth

Hezekiah was given the name Warren,Rhode Island on December 22nd, 1839. He died in 1905.


ísland is a world music, adult contemporary music, post-disco, dance-pop, and pop music musician. They have had major accomplishments since 2012. ísland was given the name Island Colin Thomas in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Island U.S.
  White 20.41% 64.26%
  African American 63.49% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Island

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

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Fun Facts about the name Island

  • How Popular is the name Island? Island is the 20,500th most popular name of all time. As a last name Island was the 25,381st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Island have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 356 babies born with the first name Island in the United States. That's more than enough people named Island 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 Island? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1998 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Island first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Island is Thursday, February 2nd, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Island born? The highest recorded use of the first name Island was in 2019 with a total of 45 babies.
  • Random Island Factoid: According to the 2018 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Island is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name in 2018.
  • Weird things about the name Island: The name spelled backwards is Dnalsi. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Nslaid. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Island? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 975 people with the last name Island.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Island? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Island as their last name since less than 1 person in 303k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Island name meaning

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