Tracer 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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Origin and Meaning of Tracer

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tra"cer
One who, or that which, traces.
  1. A person engaged (esp. in the express or railway service) in tracing, or searching out, missing articles, as packages or freight cars.
  2. An inquiry sent out (esp. in transportation service) for a missing article, as a letter or an express package.
  3. [Mil] a type of ammunition that emits light or smoke as it moves toward its target, providing a visible path of the projectile in flight so that the point of impact may be observed; -- called also tracer ammunition.
  4. [Mil] the chemical substance used in tracer ammunition to cause it to be visible in flight.
  5. a chemical substance with properties, such as radioactivity or fluorescence, which make it easily measurable, used to observe the movements of chemically related substances through a biological, physical, or chemical system; -- in biochemistry, also called labeled compounds.

Note: Radioactive tracers are used, for example, to measure the retention or distribution of residues of drugs after administration to an animal, to determine the type and rate of metabolism; also, to measure the rate of motion of molecules in electrophoresis or the leakage of small quantities of material from a container. Small fluorescent tracers may be attached in many cases to macromolecules such as proteins or nucleic acids, allowing the motions of such macromolecules to be easily observed by their acquired fluorescence, without appreciably changing their properties. In biological and biochemial systems the common radioactive isotopes used in tracers are carbon-14, tritium (hydrogen-3), sulfur-35, phosphorus-32, and iodine-131; other isotopes are also used, including non-radioactive isotopes such as carbon-13.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Ammunition whose flight can be observed by a trail of smoke
  2. (radiology) any radioactive isotope introduced into the body to study metabolism or other biological processes
  3. An instrument used to make tracings
  4. An investigator who is employed to find missing persons or missing goods
  1. (chemistry, medicine) tracer

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Tracer

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Tracer U.S.
  White 95.05% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 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 2.97% 16.26%

Of Last Name Tracer

People with the last name Tracer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Tracer

  • How Popular is the name Tracer? Tracer is the 31,917th most popular name of all time. As a last name Tracer was the 91,221st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Tracer have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 148 babies born with the first name Tracer in the United States. That's more than enough people named Tracer 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 Tracer? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1996 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Tracer born? The highest recorded use of the first name Tracer was in 1998 with a total of 22 babies.
  • Random Tracer Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Tracer is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Tracer: The name spelled backwards is Recart. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Crtrae. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Tracer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 202 people with the last name Tracer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Tracer? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Tracer as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.4m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Tracer name meaning

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