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Meaning and Name Origin

Decatur \d(e)-ca-tur\ as a boys' 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.


Decatur is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#29122 out of 88799, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Decatur for boys. Decatur has yet to be listed in the Top 1000 so far. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Decatur name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Decatur outside U.S.