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Boy Name: Decatur

Name: Decatur
Pronunciation: \d(e)-ca-tur\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy
Origin: Greek
Similar Names: Decker, Dexter, Hector
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 29122


Decatur \d(e)-ca-tur\ as a boy's name. Surname. There is a process called "decating" in the manufacture of cloth. Deca- in Greek means "ten", but might also mean "pure". Stephen Decatur was an early 19th-century naval hero. There are several American towns named for him.

Similar baby names are Decker, Dexter and Hector.


Decatur is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#29122 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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