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ˈsu mərsumer

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  1. Sumernoun

    an area in the southern region of Babylonia in present-day Iraq; site of the Sumerian civilization of city-states that flowered during the third millennium BC


  1. Sumernoun

    Earliest known civilization of the ancient Near East (4th to 3rd millennia BC), located in lower Mesopotamia.

  2. Etymology: From the Šumer, in Assyriology since the 1870s (French sumérien since 1872). Compare Shumer, Sumir.


  1. Sumer

    Sumer () is the earliest known civilization in the historical region of southern Mesopotamia (south-central Iraq), emerging during the Chalcolithic and early Bronze Ages between the sixth and fifth millennium BC. It is one of the cradles of civilization in the world, along with ancient Egypt, Elam, the Caral-Supe civilization, Mesoamerica, the Indus Valley civilisation, and ancient China. Living along the valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, Sumerian farmers grew an abundance of grain and other crops, the surplus from which enabled them to form urban settlements. Proto-writing dates back before 3000 BC. The earliest texts come from the cities of Uruk and Jemdet Nasr, and date to between c. 3500 and c. 3000 BC.


  1. sumer

    Sumer was an ancient civilization in southern Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) that existed from approximately 4500 BC to 1900 BC. It is often recognized as one of the earliest known civilizations, famous for developing complex systems in areas like agriculture, education, trade, religion, law and social structure. The Sumerians are also credited with creating one of the earliest forms of writing, cuneiform script. Notable cities of Sumer included Uruk, Ur, Eridu, Kish, and Nippur.


  1. Sumer

    Sumer was an ancient civilization and historical region in southern Mesopotamia, modern Iraq, during the Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age. Although the earliest historical records in the region do not go back much further than ca. 2900 BC, modern historians have asserted that Sumer was first settled between ca. 4500 and 4000 BC by a non-Semitic people who may or may not have spoken the Sumerian language. These conjectured, prehistoric people are now called "proto-Euphrateans" or "Ubaidians", and are theorized to have evolved from the Samarra culture of northern Mesopotamia. The Ubaidians were the first civilizing force in Sumer, draining the marshes for agriculture, developing trade, and establishing industries, including weaving, leatherwork, metalwork, masonry, and pottery. However, some scholars such as Piotr Michalowski and Gerd Steiner, contest the idea of a Proto-Euphratean language or one substrate language. Sumerian civilization took form in the Uruk period, continuing into the Jemdat Nasr and Early Dynastic periods. During the third millennium BC, a close cultural symbiosis developed between the Sumerians and the Semitic Akkadian speakers, which included widespread bilingualism. The influence of Sumerian on Akkadian is evident in all areas, from lexical borrowing on a massive scale, to syntactic, morphological, and phonological convergence. This has prompted scholars to refer to Sumerian and Akkadian in the third millennium as a sprachbund. Sumer was conquered by the Semitic-speaking kings of the Akkadian Empire around 2270 BC, but Sumerian continued as a sacred language. Native Sumerian rule re-emerged for about a century in the Third Dynasty of Ur of the 21st to 20th centuries BC, but Akkadian also remained in use. The Sumerian city of Eridu, on the coast of the Persian Gulf, was the world's first city, where three separate cultures fused - that of peasant Ubaidian farmers, living in mud-brick huts and practicing irrigation; that of mobile nomadic Semitic pastoralists living in black tents and following herds of sheep and goats; and that of fisher folk, living in reed huts in the marshlands, who may have been the ancestors of the Sumerians.

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  1. SUMER

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sumer is ranked #102688 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sumer surname appeared 175 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Sumer.

    73.1% or 128 total occurrences were White.
    15.4% or 27 total occurrences were Asian.
    4% or 7 total occurrences were Black.
    4% or 7 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. mures

  2. murse

  3. Remus

  4. serum

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SUMER in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SUMER in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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