Trice 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 Trice

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African Dutch (Afrikaans)

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  1. A user from Arkansas, U.S. says the name Trice is of English origin and means "Three".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Trice
  1. To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.(Obs)" Out of his seat I will him trice." [Chaucer.]
  2. [Naut] To haul and tie up by means of a rope.

Etymology: OE. trisen; of Scand. or Low German origin; cf. Sw. trissa a sheave, pulley, triss a spritsail brace, Dan. tridse a pulley, tridse to haul by means of a pulley, to trice, LG. trisse a pulley, D. trijsen to hoist

noun Trice
A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- now used only in the phrase in a trice.

Etymology: Sp. tris the noise made by the breaking of glass, an instant, en un tris in an instant; probably of imitative origin

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
  2. Hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
  3. Raise with a line ("trice a window shade")

From Middle English trīcen, trice, trise (“to pull or push; to snatch away; to steal”), from Middle Dutch trīsen (“to hoist”) (modern Dutch trijsen) or Middle Low German trissen (“to trice the spritsail”); further etymology uncertain. The word is cognate with Danish trisse, tridse (“to haul with a pulley”), Low German trissen, tryssen, drisen, drysen (“to wind up, trice”), German trissen, triezen (“to annoy or torment”).

From Middle English trīce, trise, in the phrase at a trīce (“with a single, quick motion; at once”, literally “with a pull or jerk”), later also in the phrases in a trice, on a trice, and with a trice. The word is ultimately from Middle English trīcen: see etymology 1 above.

  1. Now only in the phrase : a very short time; an instant, a moment.

From Middle English trīce, tryys, tryyst, from Middle Dutch trīse, trijs (modern Dutch trijs (“hoisting-block, pulley, windlass”)) or Middle Low German trīsse, trītse (“hoisting-rope, tackle”); probably related to the verb trice (see etymology 1 above), and perhaps to Old English tryndel (“roller, wheel”) (see further at trend, trindle). The English word is cognate with Danish tridse, trisse (“pulley”), Low German trissel (“dizziness; whirling”), German trieze (“crane; pulley”), Norwegian triss (“pulley”), Swedish trissa (“pulley, truckle”).

  1. (obsolete, rare) A pulley, a windlass (“form of winch for lifting heavy weights, comprising a cable or rope wound around a cylinder”).

    trice was also found in the following language(s): Scottish Gaelic

    Notable Persons Named Trice

    Notable Persons Named Trice

    Trice Harvey

    Trice Harvey is a Member of the California House of Representatives and Member of theCalifornia House of Representatives. Trice was born on July 15th, 1936 in Paragould, Arkansas.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Trice

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Trice

    Obie Trice

    Obie Trice is a hip hop music rapping and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Obie was born Obie Trice on November 14th, 1977 in Detroit.

    Anne Gwynne

    Anne Gwynne was an actress. She was most prominent from 1939 to 1970. Anne was given the name Marguerite Gwynne Trice on December 10th, 1918 in Waco, Texas, U.S. She left this life on March 31st, 2003.

    Jack Trice

    Jack Trice is a football player. Jack was born in Hiram, Ohio, U.S.

    Travis Trice

    Travis Trice is a basketball player for the Westchester Knicks in the NBA Development League. His ongoing career started in 2015. Travis was born on January 22nd, 1993 in Springfield, Ohio.

    Tyrone Trice

    Tyrone was born on October 23rd, 1963 in Milwaukee.

    Bob Trice

    Bob Trice was a baseball player. Bob was born on August 28th, 1926 in Newton, Georgia. He left this life on September 16th, 1988.


    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Trice U.S.
      White 41.91% 64.26%
      African American 51.18% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.81% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.15% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Trice

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

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    Fun Facts about the name Trice

  1. How Popular is the name Trice? Trice is the 34,376th most popular name of all time. As a last name Trice was the 4,145th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Trice have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 125 babies born with the first name Trice in the United States. That's more than enough people named Trice to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Trice? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  4. When was Trice first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Trice is Saturday, April 7th, 1888.
  5. What year had the most people named Trice born? The highest recorded use of the first name Trice was in 2019 with a total of 14 babies.
  6. Weird things about the name Trice: The name spelled backwards is Ecirt. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ritec. How do you pronounce that?
  7. How many people have the last name Trice? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,546 people with the last name Trice.
  8. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Trice? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Trice as their last name.
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