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Quick Facts on Major

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • African-American, American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 366
Simple meaning:
Greater, superior

Characteristics of Major

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Major

Major is an English vocabulary word with a few different definitions depending on how it’s used. In terms of a given name, we have to assume Major is being used as a title of military rank (i.e., Sergeant-Major). The English word was borrowed from the early Latin “maior” meaning “adult, elder” and the later Latin “major” which came to mean “greater, superior, chief officer”. Aside from the military rank, “major” is also a noun that denotes a discipline of study in college. As an adjective it’s used to describe something of great significance or something larger or better (an antonym of minor). It is also a term used in music (piano concerto in G major, for instance). As a masculine given name, however, parents are most likely associating Major with a title of rank, similar to how names like King, Prince, Duke and Earl might be used. Other U.S. military rank titles roughly in order of importance are: General, Admiral, Lieutenant, Major, Colonel, Captain, Officer and Cadet. Major is the only military title being used as a boy’s given name and almost exclusively distinct to the United States (it also has a history of usage among African-Americans, as well).

Popularity of the Name Major

Major has a shockingly long history as a masculine given name in America. This surprised us – the name feels more modern in terms of its usage as a vocabulary word name. Not only does Major date back to the late 19th century as a baby boy’s name, but it was often a Top 300 choice in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However Major did lose his moderate standings on the charts by the 1920s as his usage began to decline substantially. The name completely dropped off the American radar in 1972 and remained off the charts for almost 40 straight years. Major only recently reappeared on the Top 1000 list in 2010 (but is at the very bottom of the list now). As a masculine first name Major is quite unusual – it’s more of a “statement” name much like King or Prince, or a celebratory name that announces the importance of one’s child. Major feels more like a nickname and one that perhaps should be earned rather than given. Today Major is rarely bestowed as an official first name; less than 200 baby boys receive this atypical moniker per year. That’s pretty minor!
Popularity of the Boy Name Major
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Major

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Major

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Major

    Major We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Major.

  • Popular Songs on Major

    Popular Songs on Major

    Major - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Major.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Major

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Major

    Major Taylor, Champion Cyclist (Lesa Cline-Ransome) - Marshall Taylor could ride his bike forward, backward, even perched on the handlebars. When his stunts landed him a job at the famous Indiana bike shop Hay and Willits, folks were amazed that a thirteen-year-old black boy in 1891 could be such a crackerjack cyclist. How little Marshall Taylor -- through dedication, undeniable talent, and daring speed -- transformed himself into the extraordinary Major Taylor is chronicled in this inspiring biography. Here is the story of a kid who turned pro at the age of eighteen, went on to win the world championship title just three years later, and battled racism and the odds to become a true American hero. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Major

    Famous People Named Major

    Famous People Named Major - Major Applewhite (college football coach); Major Everett (football player); Major Jones (basketball player); Major Owens (politician); Major Taylor (bicyclist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Major

    Children of Famous People Named Major

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Major - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Major.

  • Historic Figures

    Major - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Major - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Major.

Personality of the Boy Name Major

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Major

  • No Variations Found.
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