Timber name meaning

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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Timber

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  1. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Timber means "Stronghold, foundation, progression, safety" and is of American origin.
  2. A submission from Florida, U.S. says the name Timber means "Gift of god" and is of English origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tim"ber
A certain quantity of fur skins, as of martens, ermines, sables, etc., packed between boards; being in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty; -- called also timmer.

Etymology: Probably the same word as timber sort of wood; cf. Sw. timber, LG. timmer, MHG. zimber, G. zimmer, F. timbre, LL. timbrium. Cf. Timmer

noun Tim"ber
The crest on a coat of arms.

Etymology: F. timbre. See Timbre

verb Tim"ber
To surmount as a timber does.
noun Tim"ber
  1. That sort of wood which is proper for buildings or for tools, utensils, furniture, carriages, fences, ships, and the like; -- usually said of felled trees, but sometimes of those standing. Cf. Lumber, 3."And ta'en my fiddle to the gate, . . . And fiddled in the timber!" [Tennyson.]
  2. The body, stem, or trunk of a tree.
  3. Fig.: Material for any structure."Such dispositions are the very errors of human nature; and yet they are the fittest timber to make politics of." [Bacon.]
  4. A single piece or squared stick of wood intended for building, or already framed; collectively, the larger pieces or sticks of wood, forming the framework of a house, ship, or other structure, in distinction from the covering or boarding."So they prepared timber . . . to build the house." [1 Kings v. 18.]"Many of the timbers were decayed." [W. Coxe.]
  5. Woods or forest; wooden land.(Western U. S)
  6. [Shipbuilding] A rib, or a curving piece of wood, branching outward from the keel and bending upward in a vertical direction. One timber is composed of several pieces united.

Etymology: AS. timbor timber, wood, building; akin to OFries. timber, D. timmer a room, G. zimmer, OHG. zimbar timber, a dwelling, room, Icel. timbr timber, Sw. timmer, Dan. tömmer, Goth. timrjan to build, timrja a builder, L. domus a house, Gr. � house, � to build, Skr. dama a house. √62. Cf. Dome Domestic

verb Tim"ber
To furnish with timber; -- chiefly used in the past participle.
verb Tim"ber
  1. To light on a tree.(Obs)
  2. [Falconry] To make a nest.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A beam made of wood
  2. A post made of wood
  3. (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)
  4. Land that is covered with trees and shrubs
  5. The wood of trees cut and prepared for use as building material

From Middle English tymber, from Old English timber, from Proto-Germanic *timrą, from Proto-Indo-European *dem- (“build, house”) (see Proto-Indo-European *dṓm). Cognates include Dutch timmer, Old High German zimbar (German Zimmer), Norwegian tømmer, Old Norse timbr, Gothic 𐍄𐌹𐌼𐍂𐌾𐌰𐌽 (timrjan, “to build”), and Latin domus.

  1. (uncountable) Trees in a forest regarded as a source of wood.
  2. (Britain, uncountable) Wood that has been pre-cut and is ready for use in construction.
  3. (countable) A heavy wooden beam, generally a whole log that has been squared off and used to provide heavy support for something such as a roof. Historically also used in the plural, as in "ship's timbers".
  4. (archaic) A certain quantity of fur skins (as of martens, ermines, sables, etc.) packed between boards; in some cases forty skins, in others one hundred and twenty. Also timmer, timbre.
  5. (firearms, informal) The wooden stock of a rifle or shotgun.

timber was also found in the following language(s): Norwegian Nynorsk, Old English, and Old Swedish

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Timber U.S.
  White 43.00% 64.26%
  African American 40.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Timber

People with the last name Timber are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Timber

  • How Popular is the name Timber? Timber is the 7,524th most popular name of all time. As a last name Timber was the 160,975th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Timber have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,785 babies born with the first name Timber in the United States. That's more than enough people named Timber 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 Timber? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1970 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Timber first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Timber is Saturday, October 20th, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Timber born? The highest recorded use of the first name Timber was in 2015 with a total of 83 babies.
  • Random Timber Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Timber is not a popular baby girl's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, only 9 babies in Oklahoma have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Timber: The name spelled backwards is Rebmit. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Biertm. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Timber? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 100 people with the last name Timber.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Timber? Timber is one of the most unique last names recorded.
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