Silver name meaning

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in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Silver

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  1. According to 2 people from South Carolina, U.S., the name Silver is of English origin and means "Precious metal".
  2. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Silver means "Special".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sil"ver
  1. [Chem] A soft white metallic element, sonorous, ductile, very malleable, and capable of a high degree of polish. It is found native, and also combined with sulphur, arsenic, antimony, chlorine, etc., in the minerals argentite, proustite, pyrargyrite, ceragyrite, etc. Silver is one of the “noble” metals, so-called, not being easily oxidized, and is used for coin, jewelry, plate, and a great variety of articles. Symbol Ag ( Argentum). Atomic weight 107.7. Specific gravity 10.5.
  2. Coin made of silver; silver money.
  3. Anything having the luster or appearance of silver.
  4. The color of silver.

Note: ☞ Silver was known under the name of luna to the ancients and also to the alchemists. Some of its compounds, as the halogen salts, are remarkable for the effect of light upon them, and are used in photography.

Note: Silver is used in the formation of many compounds of obvious meaning; as, silver-armed, silver-bright, silver-buskined, silver-coated, silver-footed, silver-haired, silver-headed, silver-mantled, silver-plated, silver-slippered, silver-sounding, silver-studded, silver-tongued, silver-white. See Silver (a.)

Etymology: OE. silver selver seolver, AS. seolfor siolfur siolufr silofr sylofr; akin to OS. silubar, OFries. selover, D. zilver, LG. sulver, OHG. silabar silbar, G. silber, Icel. silfr, Sw. silfver, Dan. sölv, Goth. silubr, Russ. serebro, Lith. sidabras; of unknown origin

adjective Sil"ver
  1. Of or pertaining to silver; made of silver; as, silver leaf; a silver cup.
  2. Resembling silver.
    1. Bright; resplendent; white.
      " Silverhair." [Shak.]
      "Others, on silver lakes and rivers, bathed Their downy breast." [Milton.]
    2. Precious; costly.
    3. Giving a clear, ringing sound soft and clear.
      " Silvervoices."
    4. Sweet; gentle; peaceful.
      " Silverslumber."
verb Sil"ver
  1. To cover with silver; to give a silvery appearance to by applying a metal of a silvery color; as, to silver a pin; to silver a glass mirror plate with an amalgam of tin and mercury.
  2. To polish like silver; to impart a brightness to, like that of silver."And smiling calmness silvered o'er the deep." [Pope.]
  3. To make hoary, or white, like silver."His head was silvered o'er with age." [Gay.]
verb Sil"ver
To acquire a silvery color.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Silverware eating utensils
  2. A trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition
  3. A light shade of grey
  4. Coins made of silver
  5. A soft white precious univalent metallic element having the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal; occurs in argentite and in free form; used in coins and jewelry and tableware and photography
  6. Turn silver ("The man's hair silvered very attractively")
  7. Make silver in color ("Her worries had silvered her hair")
  8. Coat with a layer of silver or a silver amalgam ("silver the necklace")
  9. Expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively ("silver speech")
  10. Having the white lustrous sheen of silver ("a land of silver (or silvern) rivers where the salmon leap" and "repeated scrubbings have given the wood a silvery sheen")
  11. Of lustrous grey; covered with or tinged with the color of silver ("silvery hair")
  12. Made from or largely consisting of silver ("silver bracelets")
  1. An English surname​ for a silversmith or a rich man, or for someone having silvery gray hair or living by a silvery brook.
  2. A surname​ anglicised from the German Jewish ornamental surname Silber.
  3. A male given name from English from the metal, or transferred from the surname.
  4. A female given name from English from the metal.

Silver was also found in the following language(s): Estonian and Hunsrik

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Silver

Notable Persons With the Last Name Silver

Nate Silver

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Long John Silver

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Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers was a character comedy comedian. Phil was given the name Philip Silver on May 11th, 1911 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He passed away on November 1st, 1985.

Adam Silver

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Ron Silver

Ron Silver was an actor, director, producer, political activist, film director, and film producer. His career lasted from 1974 to 2008. Ron was given the name Ronald Arthur Silver on July 2nd, 1946 in Manhattan, New York City. He breathed his last breath on March 15th, 2009.

Joel Silver

Joel Silver is a film producer. Joel was born on July 14th, 1952 in South Orange, New Jersey, United States.

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  • Frances Stewart Silver
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  • Leon Silver
    Geology Professor
  • Steven Silver
  • Liberty Silver
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  • Michael N. Silver
    Metals & Chemicals Industry Entrepreneur
  • Steven H Silver
    Technical Writer
  • Alain Silver
  • Monroe Silver

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Silver U.S.
  White 80.33% 64.26%
  African American 11.89% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.84% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.89% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.10% 16.26%

Of Last Name Silver

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

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Fun Facts about the name Silver

  • How Popular is the name Silver? Silver is the 7,240th most popular name of all time. As a last name Silver was the 1,632nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Silver have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,886 babies born with the first name Silver in the United States. That's more than enough people named Silver to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Silver? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1896 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Silver first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Silver is Monday, September 7th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Silver born? The highest recorded use of the first name Silver was in 2019 with a total of 51 babies.
  • Random Silver Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Silver is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Silver: The name spelled backwards is Revlis. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Reilvs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Silver? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 22,052 people with the last name Silver.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Silver? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 7 of them will have Silver as their last name.
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