Righteous name meaning

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in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Righteous

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  1. A user from Cameroon says the name Righteous is of English origin and means "BEINGING HOLY".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Right"eous
Doing, or according with, that which is right; yielding to all their due; just; equitable; especially, free from wrong, guilt, or sin; holy; as, a righteous man or act; a righteous retribution.

Etymology: OE. rightways rightwise, AS. rightwīs; riht right + wīs wise, having wisdom, prudent. See Right (a.) Wise (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Morally justified ("righteous indignation")
  2. Characterized by or proceeding from accepted standards of morality or justice ("the...prayer of a righteous man availeth much")

From earlier rightuous, rightwose, rightwos, rightwise, from Middle English rightwise, rightwis, from Old English rihtwīs (“righteous, just, right, justifiable”), corresponding to right +‎ -wise (with assimilation of second element to -ous), or to right +‎ wise (“way, manner”). Cognate with Scots richtwis (“righteous”), Old High German rehtwīsic (“righteous, just”), Icelandic réttvíss (“righteous, just”). Compare also thefteous, mighteous.

Fun Facts about the name Righteous

  • How Popular is the name Righteous? Righteous is the 30,414th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Righteous have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 165 babies born with the first name Righteous in the United States. That's more than enough people named Righteous 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 Righteous? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2001 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Righteous first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Righteous is Wednesday, October 28th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Righteous born? The highest recorded use of the first name Righteous was in 2015 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Righteous: The name spelled backwards is Suoethgir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Tersghuoi. How do you pronounce that?
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