Twain 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 Twain

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun and adjective Twain
Two; -- nearly obsolete in common discourse, but used in poetry and burlesque.

Etymology: OE. twein tweien tweyne, AS. twēgen, masc. See Two

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Two items of the same kind

From Middle English tweyne, tweien, twaine, from Old English twēġen (“two”, masc), from Proto-Germanic *twai, from Proto-Indo-European *dwóh₁. Cognate with Low German twene, German zween, Swedish tvenne . More at two.

The word outlasted the breakdown of gender in Middle English and survived as a secondary form of two, then especially in the cases where the numeral follows a noun. Its continuation into modern times was aided by its use in KJV, the Marriage Service, in poetry (where it's commonly used as a rhyme word), and in oral use where it is necessary to be clear that two and not "to" or "too" is meant.

From Middle English twaynen, from twayne (“two”, numeral).

Notable Persons With the Last Name Twain

Notable Persons With the Last Name Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain was a writer. Mark was given the name Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30th, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, U.S. He left this life on April 21st, 1910.

Shania Twain

Shania Twain is a singing, songwriter, and singer. Shania was given the name Eilleen Regina Edwards on August 28th, 1965 in Windsor, Ontario.

Norman Twain

Norman Twain is a producer. His ongoing career started in 1965. Norman was born on September 13th, 1930.


Fun Facts about the name Twain

  • How Popular is the name Twain? Twain is the 33,820th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Twain have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 130 babies born with the first name Twain in the United States. That's more than enough people named Twain 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 Twain? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Twain first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Twain is Tuesday, February 29th, 1876.
  • What year had the most people named Twain born? The highest recorded use of the first name Twain was in 1966 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Twain: The name spelled backwards is Niawt. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ntaiw. How do you pronounce that?
  • Twain name meaning

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