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Worth

First Name
2k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
8k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Worth

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Worth
To be; to become; to betide; -- now used only in the phrases, woe worth the day, woe worth the man, etc., in which the verb is in the imperative, and the nouns day man, etc., are in the dative. Woe be to the day, woe be to the man, etc., are equivalent phrases.

Etymology: OE. worthen wurþen, to become, AS. weorðan; akin to OS. werðan, D. worden, G. werden, OHG. werdan, Icel. verða, Sw. varda, Goth. waírpan, L. vertere to turn, Skr. vṛt, v. i., to turn, to roll, to become. √143. Cf. Verse, -ward Weird

adjective Worth
Senses
  1. Valuable; of worthy; estimable; also, worth while.(Obs)"It was not worth to make it wise." [Chaucer.]
  2. Equal in value to; furnishing an equivalent for; proper to be exchanged for."A ring he hath of mine worth forty ducats." [Shak.]"All our doings without charity are nothing worth." [Bk. of Com. Prayer.]"If your arguments produce no conviction, they are worth nothing to me." [Beattie.]
  3. Deserving of; -- in a good or bad sense, but chiefly in a good sense."To reign is worth ambition, though in hell." [Milton.]"This is life indeed, life worth preserving." [Addison.]
  4. Having possessions equal to; having wealth or estate to the value of."At Geneva are merchants reckoned worth twenty hundred crowns." [Addison.]

Etymology: OE. worth wurþ, AS. weorð wurE; akin to OFries. werth, OS. werð, D. waard, OHG. werd, G. wert werth, Icel. verðr, Sw. värd, Dan. værd, Goth. waírps, and perhaps to E. wary. Cf. Stalwart Ware an article of merchandise, Worship

noun Worth
Senses
  1. That quality of a thing which renders it valuable or useful; sum of valuable qualities which render anything useful and sought; value; hence, often, value as expressed in a standard, as money; equivalent in exchange; price."What 's worth in anything But so much money as 't will bring?" [Hudibras.]
  2. Value in respect of moral or personal qualities; excellence; virtue; eminence; desert; merit; usefulness; as, a man or magistrate of great worth ."To be of worth, and worthy estimation." [Shak.]"As none but she, who in that court did dwell, Could know such worth, or worth describe so well." [Waller.]"To think how modest worth neglected lies." [Shenstone.]
    synonyms: Desert; merit; excellence; price; rate.

Etymology: OE. worth wurþ, AS. weorð wurð; weorð wurð, adj. See Worth (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The quality that renders something desirable or valuable or useful
  2. French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
  3. An indefinite quantity of something having a specified value ("10 dollars worth of gasoline")
  4. Having a specified value ("not worth his salt", "worth her weight in gold", and "an appraisal determined the antique carved chair was worth $900")
  5. (often used ironically) worthy of being treated in a particular way ("an idea worth considering")
Wiktionary

From Middle English worth, from Old English weorþ, from Proto-Germanic *werþaz (“worthy, valuable”); from Proto-Indo-European *wert-. Cognate with Dutch waard (“adjective”), Low German weert (“adjective”), German wert, Wert, Swedish värd.

  1. (countable) Value.
    I’ll have a dollar's of candy, please.
    They have proven their as individual fighting men and their as a unit.
  2. (uncountable) Merit, excellence.
    Our new director is a man whose is well acknowledged.

From Old English weorþan, from Proto-Germanic *werþaną, from Proto-Indo-European *wert-. Cognate with Dutch worden, Low German warrn, German werden, Old Norse verða (Norwegian verta, Swedish varda), Latin vertere.

    worth was also found in the following language(s): Scots

    Notable Persons Named Worth

    Notable Persons Named Worth

    Worth Bagley

    Worth Bagley is a military person.

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    Worth H. Bagley

    His military service ended in 1946. Worth was born on July 29th, 1924 in Annapolis, Maryland.

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    Worth Ryder

    Worth was born on November 10th, 1884. He died on February 17th, 1960.

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    Worth McDougald

    Worth was born on July 26th, 1925. He passed away on April 19th, 2007.

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    Worth Hamilton Weller

    Worth was born on May 28th, 1913. He left this life on June 22nd, 1931.

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    Worth G. Ross

    His military service ended in 1911. Worth was born on April 19th, 1854 in Cleveland. He breathed his last breath on March 24th, 1916.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Worth

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Worth

    Jennifer Worth

    Jennifer Worth was a nurse, musician, and author. Jennifer was given the name Jennifer Lee on September 25th, 1935 in Clacton-on-Sea. She died on May 31st, 2011.

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    Adam Worth

    Adam Worth is a clerk, soldier, theft, and gambling. Adam is also known as Henry J. Raymond and Edward Grey.

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    Charles Frederick Worth

    Charles Frederick Worth was a fashion design. Charles was born on October 13th, 1825 in Bourne, Lincolnshire, England. He passed away on March 10th, 1895.

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    King Chip

    King Chip is a hip hop music and experimental hip hop rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 2002. King was given the name Charles Worth on October 20th, 1986. King is also known as Chip tha Ripper.

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    Helen Worth

    Helen Worth is an actress. She was most prominent from 1961 to 1961. Helen was given the name Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth on January 7th, 1951 in Ossett, Wakefield, England, UK.

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    Harry Worth

    Harry Worth was a comedian. Harry was given the name Harry Bourlon Illingsworth on November 20th, 1917 in Hoyland Common, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He died on July 20th, 1989.

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    • Irene Worth
    • William Jenkins Worth
      Military Person
    • Constance Worth
    • Danny Worth
      Athlete
    • Jonathan Worth
      Governor of North Carolina
    • Richard Worth
      Cabinet of New Zealand
    • Lillian Worth
      Actress
    • Brendan Worth
      Rugby Player
    • Gorham Worth

    Common last names for Worth

    • Johnson
    • Williams
    • Smith
    • Davis
    • Thompson
    • Wilson
    • Martin
    • Cox
    • Cook

    Common first names for Worth

    • John
    • William
    • Mary
    • George
    • Charles
    • Ruth
    • Joseph
    • Edward
    • Elizabeth
    • Margaret
    • Albert
    • Anna
    • Harry

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Worth U.S.
      White 87.29% 64.26%
      African American 7.20% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.87% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.66% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.62% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Worth

    People with the last name Worth are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Worth

  1. How Popular is the name Worth? Worth is the 6,750th most popular name of all time. As a last name Worth was the 4,598th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Worth have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,115 babies born with the first name Worth in the United States. That's more than enough people named Worth to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Worth? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  4. When was Worth first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Worth is Tuesday, July 25th, 1871.
  5. What year had the most people named Worth born? The highest recorded use of the first name Worth was in 1918 with a total of 67 babies.
  6. Random Worth Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Worth is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 13 babies in North Carolina have the same name in 1944.
  7. Weird things about the name Worth: The name spelled backwards is Htrow. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wrtoh. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Worth? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,713 people with the last name Worth.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Worth? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Worth as their last name.
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