Thunder name meaning

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

Meaning and Origin

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Thun"der
  1. The sound which follows a flash of lightning; the report of a discharge of atmospheric electricity.
  2. The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt.(Obs)"The revenging gods 'Gainst parricides did all their thunders bend." [Shak.]
  3. Any loud noise; as, the thunder of cannon.
  4. An alarming or statrling threat or denunciation."The thunders of the Vatican could no longer strike into the heart of princes." [Prescott.]

Etymology: OE. þunder þonder þoner, AS. þunor; akin to þunian to stretch, to thunder, D. donder thunder, G. donner, OHG. donar, Icel. þōrr Thor, L. tonare to thunder, tonitrus thunder, Gr. to`nos a stretching, straining, Skr. tan to stretch. √52. See Thin, and cf. Astonish Detonate Intone Thursday Tone

verb Thun"der
  1. To produce thunder; to sound, rattle, or roar, as a discharge of atmospheric electricity; -- often used impersonally; as, it thundered continuously."Canst thou thunder with a voice like him?" [Job xl. 9.]
  2. Fig.: To make a loud noise; esp. a heavy sound, of some continuance."His dreadful voice no more Would thunder in my ears." [Milton.]
  3. To utter violent denunciation.

Etymology: AS. þunrian. See Thunder (n.)

verb Thun"der
To emit with noise and terror; to utter vehemently; to publish, as a threat or denunciation.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Street names for heroin
  2. A deep prolonged loud noise
  3. A booming or crashing noise caused by air expanding along the path of a bolt of lightning
  4. Utter words loudly and forcefully
  5. To make or produce a loud noise ("The river thundered below")
  6. Move fast, noisily, and heavily ("The bus thundered down the road")
  7. Be the case that thunder is being heard ("Whenever it thunders, my dog crawls under the bed")

From Middle English thunder, thonder, thundre, thonre, thunnere, þunre, from Old English þunor (“thunder”), from Proto-Germanic *þunraz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ten-, *(s)tenh₂- (“to thunder”). Compare astound, astonish, stun. Germanic cognates include West Frisian tonger, Dutch donder, German Donner, Old Norse Þórr (English Thor), Danish torden. Other cognates include Persian تندر‎ (tondar), Latin tonō, detonō, Ancient Greek στένω (sténō), στενάζω (stenázō), στόνος (stónos), Στέντωρ (Sténtōr), Irish torann, Welsh taran, Gaulish Taranis.

  1. The loud rumbling, cracking, or crashing sound caused by expansion of rapidly heated air around a lightning bolt.
    is preceded by lightning.
  2. A deep, rumbling noise resembling thunder.
    Off in the distance, he heard the of hoofbeats, signalling a stampede.
  3. An alarming or startling threat or denunciation.
  4. (obsolete) The discharge of electricity; a thunderbolt.
  5. (figuratively) The spotlight.
    Shortly after I announced my pregnancy, he stole my with his news of landing his dream job.

thunder was also found in the following language(s): Middle English

Notable Persons Named Thunder

Notable Persons Named Thunder


Thunder is a singer-songwriter, rapping, dance, record producer, actor, model (people), rapper, dancer, producer, and model. Thunder was given the name Park Sang-hyun on October 7th, 1990 in Busan. Thunder is also known as Cheondung (stage name).

Thunder and Lightning

Thunder and Lightning is a comics character.

Thunder Collins

Thunder was born on September 17th, 1979.

Thunder Girl

Thunder Girl is a comics character.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Thunder

Notable Persons With the Last Name Thunder


Thunder is a singer-songwriter, rapping, dance, record producer, actor, model (people), rapper, dancer, producer, and model. Thunder was given the name Park Sang-hyun on October 7th, 1990 in Busan. Thunder is also known as Cheondung (stage name).

Johnny Thunder

Johnny Thunder is a comics character.

Jimmy Thunder

Jimmy Thunder is a boxer. Jimmy was born on February 3rd, 1966 in Apia.

Rolling Thunder

Rolling was given the name John Pope in 1916. He died in 1997.

Little Thunder

Little was born in 1820. He passed away in 1879.

Raymond Yellow Thunder

Raymond was born on January 1st, 1921 in Kyle, South Dakota, United States. He passed away on February 13th, 1972.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Thunder U.S.
  White 31.64% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 56.84% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 5.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.32% 16.26%

Of Last Name Thunder

People with the last name Thunder are most frequently White or American Indian and Alaska Native

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Fun Facts about the name Thunder

  • How Popular is the name Thunder? Thunder is the 18,056th most popular name of all time. As a last name Thunder was the 42,378th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Thunder have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 443 babies born with the first name Thunder in the United States. That's more than enough people named Thunder 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 Thunder? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1975 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Thunder first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Thunder is Tuesday, November 10th, 1931.
  • What year had the most people named Thunder born? The highest recorded use of the first name Thunder was in 2018 with a total of 30 babies.
  • Random Thunder Factoid: According to the 1979 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Thunder is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 5 babies in California have the same name in 1979.
  • Weird things about the name Thunder: The name spelled backwards is Rednuht. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Uhredtn. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Thunder? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 512 people with the last name Thunder.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Thunder? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Thunder as their last name since less than 1 person in 588k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Thunder name meaning

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