Tally name meaning

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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Tally

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tal"ly
  1. Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number; later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
  2. Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book; especially, one kept in duplicate.
  3. One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate."They were framed the tallies for each other." [Dryden.]
  4. A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a tally in a game.
  5. A tally shop. See Tally shop, below.

Note: ☞ In purshasing and selling, it was once customary for traders to have two sticks, or one stick cleft into two parts, and to mark with a score or notch, on each, the number or quantity of goods delivered, -- the seller keeping one stick, and the purchaser the other. Before the use of writing, this, or something like it, was the only method of keeping accounts; and tallies were received as evidence in courts of justice. In the English exchequer were tallies of loans, one part being kept in the exchequer, the other being given to the creditor in lieu of an obligation for money lent to government.

Etymology: OE. taile taille, F. taille a cutting, cut tally, fr. tailler to cut, but influenced probably by taillé, p. p. of tailler. See Tailor, and cf. Tail a limitation, Taille Tallage

verb Tal"ly
  1. To score with correspondent notches; hence, to make to correspond; to cause to fit or suit."They are not so well tallied to the present juncture." [Pope.]
  2. [Naut] To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.

Etymology: Cf. F. tialler to cut. See Tally (n.)

verb Tal"ly
  1. To be fitted; to suit; to correspond; to match."I found pieces of tiles that exactly tallied with the channel." [Addison.]"Your idea . . . tallies exactly with mine." [Walpole.]
  2. To make a tally; to score; as, to tally in a game.
adverb Tal"ly
Stoutly; with spirit.

Etymology: See Tall (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A score in baseball made by a runner touching all four bases safely ("their first tally came in the 3rd inning")
  2. The act of counting; reciting numbers in ascending order
  3. A bill for an amount due
  4. Determine the sum of
  5. Keep score, as in games
  6. Gain points in a game
  7. Be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics
  1. A male given name
  2. A female given name

Notable Persons Named Tally

Notable Persons Named Tally

Tally Man

Tally Man is a comics character.

Tally Hall

Tally Hall is a soccer player for the San Diego State Aztecs, Colorado Rapids U-23, Esbjerg fB, Houston Dynamo, and Orlando City SC. Tally was born on May 12th, 1985 in SeaTac, Washington, United States.

Tally Brown

Tally was born on August 1st, 1934 in New York City. She left this life on May 6th, 1989.

Tally Koren

Tally Koren is an electronic music, music of latin america, and middle eastern music singer-songwriter, actor, and voice acting. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Tally was given the name Tal Cohen .

Tally Stevens

Tally was born on October 30th, 1923 in Oakley, Utah. Tally is also known as Stevens and Floyd C.. He left this life on August 9th, 1995.

Tally Holmes


Notable Persons With the Last Name Tally

Notable Persons With the Last Name Tally

Thomas Lincoln Tally

Thomas Lincoln Tally was a film producer, businessperson, and businessman. Thomas was born in 1861 in Texas. He passed away in 1945.

Robert Tally

Robert was born in 1969. Robert is also known as Tally Jr. and Robert T..

William Tally

Harry Tally

Lura Tally

Lura was born on December 9th, 1921. Lura is also known as Self and Lura. She breathed her last breath on August 28th, 2012.

Isidro Tally

Isidro Tally is an athlete for the Deportivo Guastatoya.


Common last names for Tally

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tally U.S.
  White 77.17% 64.26%
  African American 15.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.48% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.23% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.31% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.04% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tally

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

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Fun Facts about the name Tally

  • How Popular is the name Tally? Tally is the 14,428th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tally was the 12,683rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tally have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 640 babies born with the first name Tally in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tally 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 Tally? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1926 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Tally first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Tally is Monday, April 5th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Tally born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tally was in 1958 with a total of 19 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Tally: The name spelled backwards is Yllat. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Tllay. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tally? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,435 people with the last name Tally.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tally? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tally as their last name since less than 1 person in 120k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Tally name meaning

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