Usher name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Usher mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Usher

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  1. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Usher is of Irish origin and means "Servant".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ush"er
  1. An officer or servant who has the care of the door of a court, hall, chamber, or the like; hence, an officer whose business it is to introduce strangers, or to walk before a person of rank. Also, one who escorts persons to seats in a church, theater, etc."The ushersand the squires." [Chaucer.]"These are the ushers of Marcius." [Shak.]
  2. An under teacher, or assistant master, in a school.

Note: ☞ There are various officers of this kind attached to the royal household in England, including the gentleman usher of the black rod, who attends in the House of Peers during the sessions of Parliament, and twelve or more gentlemen ushers. See Black rod.

Etymology: OE. ussher uschere, OF. ussier uisser oissier hussier huissier, fr. L. ostiarius a doorkeeper, fr. ostium a door, entrance, fr. os mouth. See Oral, and cf. Ostiary

verb Ush"er
To introduce or escort, as an usher, forerunner, or harbinger; to forerun; -- sometimes followed by in or forth; as, to usher in a stranger; to usher forth the guests; to usher a visitor into the room.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Someone employed to conduct others
  2. An official stationed at the entrance of a courtroom or legislative chamber
  3. Irish prelate who deduced from the Bible that Creation occurred in the year 4004 BC (1581-1656)
  4. Take (someone) to their seats, as in theaters or auditoriums ("The usher showed us to our seats")

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman usser, from Old French ussier, uissier (“porter, doorman”) (compare French huissier), from Vulgar Latin *ustiārius (“doorkeeper”), from Latin ōstiārius, from ostium (“door”). Akin to ōs (“mouth”). Probably a doublet of ostiary and huissier.

  1. A person, in a church, cinema etc., who escorts people to their seats.
  2. A male escort at a wedding.
  3. A doorkeeper in a courtroom.
  4. (dated) An underteacher, or assistant master, in a school.
  5. (dated, derogatory) Any schoolteacher.

Notable Persons Named Usher

Notable Persons Named Usher


They were most prominent from 1991 to present. Usher was given the name Usher Terry Raymond IV on October 14th, 1978 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Usher L. Burdick

Usher L. Burdick was a Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota. Usher was born on February 21st, 1879 in Owatonna, Minnesota, U.S. He left this life on August 19th, 1960.

Usher Morgan

Usher Morgan is a film director, producer, film producer, and film directorandproducer. Usher was born Usher Morgan on May 23rd, 1985.

Usher R

Usher was born in Felling, Tyne and Wear.

Usher Gahagan

Usher was born in Ireland. He left this life in 1749.

Usher Lee


Notable Persons With the Last Name Usher

Notable Persons With the Last Name Usher


They were most prominent from 1991 to present. Usher was given the name Usher Terry Raymond IV on October 14th, 1978 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

Jessie Usher

Jessie Usher is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2005. Jessie was born on February 29th, 1992 in Maryland.

David Usher

David Usher is a rock music, pop music, and alternative rock musician. He was most prominent from 1992 to present. David was born on April 24th, 1966 in Oxford.

Gary Usher

Gary Usher was a rock and roll songwriter and record producer. Gary was given the name Gary Lee Usher on December 14th, 1938 in United States. He left this life on May 25th, 1990.

Kinka Usher

Kinka Usher is a director. His ongoing career started in 1984. Kinka was born in 1960 in France.

Paul Usher

Paul Usher is an actor. Paul was born on April 30th, 1961 in Reading, United Kingdom.

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Usher U.S.
  White 66.52% 64.26%
  African American 27.55% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.39% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.93% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.05% 16.26%

Of Last Name Usher

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

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Fun Facts about the name Usher

  • How Popular is the name Usher? Usher is the 11,055th most popular name of all time. As a last name Usher was the 4,742nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Usher have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 978 babies born with the first name Usher in the United States. That's more than enough people named Usher to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Usher? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1914 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Usher first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Usher is Wednesday, November 8th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Usher born? The highest recorded use of the first name Usher was in 2012 with a total of 59 babies.
  • Random Usher Factoid: According to the 2002 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Usher is not a popular baby boy's name in New York. Imagine that, only 22 babies in New York have the same name in 2002.
  • Weird things about the name Usher: The name spelled backwards is Rehsu. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Herus. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Usher? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,477 people with the last name Usher.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Usher? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Usher as their last name.
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