Spirit name meaning

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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Spirit

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Native American
Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from India, the name Spirit means "Fire strength and immortality".
  2. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Spirit is of Irish origin and means "Power and courage".
  3. According to a user from North Carolina, U.S., the name Spirit means "Beauty".
  4. A submission from Maryland, U.S. says the name Spirit means "Northaen star" and is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Spir"it
  1. Air set in motion by breathing; breath; hence, sometimes, life itself.(Obs)"All of spiritwould deprive." [Spenser.]"The mild air, with season moderate, Gently attempered, and disposed eo well, That still it breathed foorth sweet spirit." [Spenser.]
  2. A rough breathing; an aspirate, as the letter h; also, a mark to denote aspiration; a breathing.(Obs)"Be it a letter or spirit, we have great use for it." [B. Jonson.]
  3. Life, or living substance, considered independently of corporeal existence; an intelligence conceived of apart from any physical organization or embodiment; vital essence, force, or energy, as distinct from matter.
  4. The intelligent, immaterial and immortal part of man; the soul, in distinction from the body in which it resides; the agent or subject of vital and spiritual functions, whether spiritual or material."There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." [Job xxxii. 8.]"As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." [James ii. 26.]" Spirit is a substance wherein thinking, knowing, doubting, and a power of moving, do subsist." [Locke.]
  5. Specifically, a disembodied soul; the human soul after it has left the body."Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was, and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." [Eccl. xii. 7.]"Ye gentle spirits far away, With whom we shared the cup of grace." [Keble.]
  6. Any supernatural being, good or bad; an apparition; a specter; a ghost; also, sometimes, a sprite,; a fairy; an elf."Whilst young, preserve his tender mind from all impressions of spirits and goblins in the dark." [Locke.]
  7. Energy, vivacity, ardor, enthusiasm, courage, etc."“Write it then, quickly,” replied Bede; and summoning all his spirits together, like the last blaze of a candle going out, he indited it, and expired." [Fuller.]
  8. One who is vivacious or lively; one who evinces great activity or peculiar characteristics of mind or temper; as, a ruling spirit; a schismatic spirit ."Such spirits as he desired to please, such would I choose for my judges." [Dryden.]
  9. Temper or disposition of mind; mental condition or disposition; intellectual or moral state; -- often in the plural; as, to be cheerful, or in good spirits; to be downhearted, or in bad spirits ."God has . . . made a spirit of building succeed a spirit of pulling down." [South.]"A perfect judge will read each work of wit With the same spirit that its author writ." [Pope.]
  10. Intent; real meaning; -- opposed to the letter, or to formal statement; also, characteristic quality, especially such as is derived from the individual genius or the personal character; as, the spirit of an enterprise, of a document, or the like.
  11. Tenuous, volatile, airy, or vapory substance, possessed of active qualities."All bodies have spirits . . . within them." [Bacon.]
  12. Any liquid produced by distillation; especially, alcohol, the spirits, or spirit, of wine (it having been first distilled from wine): -- often in the plural.
  13. pl.Rum, whisky, brandy, gin, and other distilled liquors having much alcohol, in distinction from wine and malt liquors.
  14. [Med] A solution in alcohol of a volatile principle. Cf. Tincture.
  15. [Alchemy] Any one of the four substances, sulphur, sal ammoniac, quicksilver, or arsenic (or, according to some, orpiment)."The four spirits and the bodies seven." [Chaucer.]
  16. [Dyeing] Stannic chloride. See under Stannic.
    synonyms: Life; ardor; energy; fire; courage; animatioon; cheerfulness; vivacity; enterprise.

Note: Spirit is sometimes joined with other words, forming compounds, generally of obvious signification; as, spirit-moving, spirit-searching, spirit-stirring, etc.

Etymology: OF. espirit esperit, F. esprit, L. spiritus, from spirare to breathe, to blow. Cf. Conspire Expire Esprit Sprite

verb Spir"it
  1. To animate with vigor; to excite; to encourage; to inspirit; as, civil dissensions often spirit the ambition of private men; -- sometimes followed by up."Many officers and private men spirit up and assist those obstinate people to continue in their rebellion." [Swift.]
  2. To convey rapidly and secretly, or mysteriously, as if by the agency of a spirit; to kidnap; -- often with away, or off."The ministry had him spirited away, and carried abroad as a dangerous person." [Arbuthnot & Pope.]"I felt as if I had been spirited into some castle of antiquity." [Willis.]
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A fundamental emotional and activating principle determining one's character
  2. An inclination or tendency of a certain kind
  3. Animation and energy in action or expression
  4. The intended meaning of a communication
  5. Any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
  6. The vital principle or animating force within living things
  7. The state of a person's emotions (especially with regard to pleasure or dejection) ("he was in good spirits" and "his spirit rose")
  8. The general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people
  9. Infuse with spirit ("The company spirited him up")
  1. (Christianity) Synonym of Holy Spirit.

Notable Persons Named Spirit

Notable Persons Named Spirit


Spirit is a comics character.

Spirit King


Notable Persons With the Last Name Spirit

Notable Persons With the Last Name Spirit


Spirit is a comics character.

Free Spirit

Majk Spirit

Majk Spirit is a hip hop music, pop music, and dance music musician. He was most active from 2000 to present. Majk was given the name Michal Dušička on August 28th, 1984 in Bratislava. Majk is also known as Dilema, Koko Šajs, Koko Najs, Spirit, and Majk.


Fun Facts about the name Spirit

  • How Popular is the name Spirit? Spirit is the 13,849th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Spirit have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 681 babies born with the first name Spirit in the United States. That's more than enough people named Spirit to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Spirit? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Spirit first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Spirit is Thursday, June 5th, 1890.
  • What year had the most people named Spirit born? The highest recorded use of the first name Spirit was in 2003 with a total of 57 babies.
  • Random Spirit Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Spirit is not a popular baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Illinois have the same name in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Spirit: The name spelled backwards is Tirips. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Trispi. How do you pronounce that?
  • Spirit name meaning

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