Nation name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nation

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Native American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Nation is of Native American origin and means "Gifted being".
  2. A user from Texas, U.S. says the name Nation means "Country".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Na"tion
  1. [Ethnol] A part, or division, of the people of the earth, distinguished from the rest by common descent, language, or institutions; a race; a stock."All nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues." [Rev. vii. 9.]
  2. The body of inhabitants of a country, united under an independent government of their own."A nation is the unity of a people." [Coleridge.]"Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation." [F. S. Key.]
  3. Family; lineage.(Obs)
    1. One of the divisions of university students in a classification according to nativity, formerly common in Europe.
    2. [Scotch Universities]
      One of the four divisions (named from the parts of Scotland) in which students were classified according to their nativity.
  4. A great number; a great deal; -- by way of emphasis; as, a nation of herbs.
    synonyms: people; race. See People.

Etymology: F. nation, L. natio nation, race, orig., a being born, fr. natus, p. p. of nasci, to be born, for gnatus gnasci, from the same root as E. kin. √44. See Kin kindred, and cf. Cognate Natal Native

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The people who live in a nation or country ("a statement that sums up the nation's mood" and "the news was announced to the nation")
  2. A politically organized body of people under a single government ("African nations" and "students who had come to the nation's capitol")
  3. A federation of tribes (especially Native American tribes) ("the Shawnee nation")
  4. United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)

From Middle English nacion, nacioun, borrowing from Old French nation, nacion, nasion (“nation”), from Latin nātiōnem, accusative of nātiō, (g)nātiō (“nation, race, birth”) from (g)natus, past participle stem of (g)nasci (“to be born”). Displaced native Middle English theode, thede (“nation”) (from Old English þēod), Middle English burthe (“birth, nation, race, nature”), Middle English leod, leode, lede (“people, race”) (from Old English lēod). Compare Saterland Frisian Nation (“nation”), West Frisian naasje (“nation”), Dutch natie (“nation”), Middle Low German nacie (“nation”), German Nation (“nation”), Danish nation (“nation”), Swedish nation (“nation”).

  1. A historically constituted, stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity and/or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture.
    The Roma are a without a country.
    The Kurdish people constitute a in the Middle East
  2. (international law) A sovereign state.
    Though legally single , many states comprise several distinct cultural or ethnic groups.
  3. (chiefly historical) An association of students based on its members' birthplace or ethnicity. syn. transl.
    Once widespread across Europe in medieval times, are now largely restricted to the ancient universities of Sweden and Finland.
  4. (obsolete) A great number; a great deal.

Probably short for damnation.

  1. (rare) Damnation.

    nation was also found in the following language(s): French, Middle French, and Swedish

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Nation

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Nation

    Carrie Nation

    Carrie was given the name Carrie Amelia Moore on November 25th, 1846 in Garrard County, Kentucky, United States. Carrie is also known as Carry A. Nation. She died on June 9th, 1911.

    Terry Nation

    Terry Nation was a science fiction, comedy, and horror fiction screenwriting. Terry was given the name Terence Joseph Nation on August 8th, 1930 in Cardiff, Wales, UK. He passed away on March 9th, 1997.

    Taz - Stereo Nation

    Taz - Stereo Nation is an asian underground singing, composer, and actor. His ongoing career started in 1989. Taz was given the name Tarsame Singh Saini on May 23rd, 1967 in Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom. Taz is also known as Johnny Zee Aka Taz, Johnny Zee Aka Taz (Stereo Nation), Jhonny Jee, and Taz Stereo Nation.

    Uhaa Nation

    Uhaa was born on August 22nd, 1987 in Sacramento, California.

    Paul Nation

    Barbara Jones

    Barbara Jones was a reggae and gospel music musician. Her career lasted from 1971 to 2014. Barbara was given the name Barbara Nation in Kingston, Jamaica. She breathed her last breath on December 19th, 2014.

    • Kaleb Nation
    • Iron Nation
    • John James Henry Nation

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Nation U.S.
      White 79.14% 64.26%
      African American 13.21% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.40% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 1.54% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.30% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.40% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Nation

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

    Entire United States

    Fun Facts about the name Nation

  1. How Popular is the name Nation? Nation is the 23,247th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nation was the 4,940th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Nation have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 281 babies born with the first name Nation in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nation to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Nation? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1997 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  4. When was Nation first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nation is Saturday, May 26th, 1894.
  5. What year had the most people named Nation born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nation was in 2019 with a total of 23 babies.
  6. Weird things about the name Nation: The name spelled backwards is Noitan. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Aoinnt. How do you pronounce that?
  7. How many people have the last name Nation? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,125 people with the last name Nation.
  8. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nation? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Nation as their last name.
  9. Nation name meaning

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