Trigger 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 Trigger

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Trig"ger
  1. A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.
  2. [Mech] A piece, as a lever, which is connected with a catch or detent as a means of releasing it; especially [Firearms] , the part of a lock which is moved by the finger to release the cock and discharge the piece.

Etymology: For older tricker, from D. trekker, fr. trekken to draw, pull. See Trick (n.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An act that sets in motion some course of events
  2. Lever that activates the firing mechanism of a gun
  3. A device that activates or releases or causes something to happen
  4. Release or pull the trigger on ("Trigger a gun")
  5. Put in motion or move to act ("trigger a reaction")

Originally tricker, from Dutch trekker (“pull”, noun, as in drawer-pull, bell-pull), from Dutch trekken (“to drag, draw, pull”).

  1. A finger-operated lever used to fire a gun.
    Just pull the .
  2. A similar device used to activate any mechanism.
  3. An event that initiates others, or incites a response.
    Sleeping in an unfamiliar room can be a for sleepwalking.
  4. A concept or image that upsets somebody.
    I can't watch that violent film. Blood is one of my .
  5. (psychology) An event, experience or other stimulus that initiates a traumatic memory or action in a person.
  6. (music) An electronic transducer allowing a drum, cymbal, etc. to control an electronic drum unit or similar device.
  7. (music) A device that manually lengthens (or sometimes shortens) the slide or tubing of a brass instrument, allowing the pitch range to be altered while playing.
  8. (electronics) A pulse in an electronic circuit that initiates some component.
  9. (databases) An SQL procedure that may be initiated when a record is inserted, updated or deleted; typically used to maintain referential integrity.
  10. (online gaming) A text string that, when received by a player, will cause the player to execute a certain command.
  11. (archaic) A catch to hold the wheel of a carriage on a declivity.

Notable Persons Named Trigger

Notable Persons Named Trigger


Trigger is a soap character.

Trigger Alpert

Trigger Alpert was a jazz musician. He plays Double bass and Bass guitar. He was most active from 1930 to 1970. Trigger was born on September 3rd, 1916 in Indianapolis. He breathed his last breath on December 21st, 2013.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Trigger

Notable Persons With the Last Name Trigger


Trigger is a soap character.

Walter and Wayne Trigger

Walter and Wayne Trigger is a comics character.

Hannah Trigger

Hannah was born on February 5th, 1987.

Damon Trigger

Damon was born on April 22nd, 1972 in Lower Hutt.

Michael Trigger

Michael Trigger is an athlete for the Hume City FC.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Trigger U.S.
  White 81.44% 64.26%
  African American 14.69% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.80% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.06% 16.26%

Of Last Name Trigger

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

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Fun Facts about the name Trigger

  • How Popular is the name Trigger? Trigger is the 27,855th most popular name of all time. As a last name Trigger was the 53,316th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Trigger have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 198 babies born with the first name Trigger in the United States. That's more than enough people named Trigger 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 Trigger? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2009 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  • When was Trigger first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Trigger is Friday, December 25th, 1896.
  • What year had the most people named Trigger born? The highest recorded use of the first name Trigger was in 2014 with a total of 24 babies.
  • Random Trigger Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Trigger is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Trigger: The name spelled backwards is Reggirt. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Eigrgtr. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Trigger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 388 people with the last name Trigger.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Trigger? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Trigger as their last name since less than 1 person in 769k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Trigger name meaning

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