Sir name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Sir mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Sir

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Ohio, U.S. says the name Sir is of English origin and means "Man of social dignity and authority".
  2. According to a user from Canada, the name Sir means "Polite name for a man".
  3. A submission from Ohio, U.S. says the name Sir means "Authority" and is of African origin.
  4. A submission from Massachusetts, U.S. says the name Sir means "Illuminati".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Sir
  1. A man of social authority and dignity; a lord; a master; a gentleman; -- in this sense usually spelled sire.(Obs)"He was crowned lord and sire." [Gower.]"In the election of a sir so rare." [Shak.]
  2. A title prefixed to the Christian name of a knight or a baronet." Sir Horace Vere, his brother, was the principal in the active part." [Bacon.]
  3. An English rendering of the LAtin Dominus, the academical title of a bachelor of arts; -- formerly colloquially, and sometimes contemptuously, applied to the clergy."Instead of a faithful and painful teacher, they hire a Sir John, which hath better skill in playing at tables, or in keeping of a garden, than in God's word." [Latimer.]
  4. A respectful title, used in addressing a man, without being prefixed to his name; -- used especially in speaking to elders or superiors; sometimes, also, used in the way of emphatic formality."What's that to you, sir?" [Sheridan.]

Note: ☞ Anciently, this title, was often used when a person was addressed as a man holding a certain office, or following a certain business. “ Sir man of law.” “ Sir parish priest.”

Etymology: OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. ��� old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. Seignior Senate Seneschal Senior Senor Signor Sire Sirrah

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Term of address for a man
  2. A title used before the name of knight or baronet
  1. Alternative letter-case form of sir.
  2. (Britain) The titular prefix given to a knight or baronet.

Notable Persons Named Sir

Notable Persons Named Sir

Sir Sir Richard, 7th Baronet Butler

Sir was born on July 14th, 1761. He passed away on January 16th, 1817.


Sir was a civil servant. Sir was born on December 4th, 1807 in Hampstead, Middlesex, United Kingdom. He passed away on January 29th, 1892.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Sir

Notable Persons With the Last Name Sir

Sedat Sir

Sedat was born on March 6th, 1975.

Musgrave Edward Sir

Musgrave was born in 1621 in Scaleby. He left this life in 1673.

Ismail Sait Hajee Sir

Ismail was born on March 7th, 1859. Ismail is also known as Hajee Sir Ismail Sait. He breathed his last breath on December 6th, 1934.

Joo Yeon Sir

Joo Yeon Sir is a violinist and violin. Joo was born on June 29th, 1990 in Seoul, South Korea.

Jaroslav Šír

Jaroslav was born on November 8th, 1923 in Poniklá.

Jozsef Sir

Jozsef was born on April 28th, 1912 in Budapest. He left this life on September 22nd, 1996.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Sir U.S.
  White 63.67% 64.26%
  African American 3.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 19.59% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 11.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Sir

People with the last name Sir are most frequently White, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Sir

  • How Popular is the name Sir? Sir is the 8,052nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Sir was the 78,040th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Sir have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,609 babies born with the first name Sir in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sir 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 Sir? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1967 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Sir first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sir is Sunday, September 1st, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Sir born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sir was in 2018 with a total of 110 babies.
  • Random Sir Factoid: According to the 2018 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sir is not a popular baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name in 2018.
  • Weird things about the name Sir: The name spelled backwards is Ris. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Sir. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Sir? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 245 people with the last name Sir.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Sir? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Sir as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Sir name meaning

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