View Message

1
Subject: Re: French Names:- Pitot, Deve, Peto
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: May 25, 2005 at 1:37:03 PM
Reply to: French Names:- Pitot, Deve, Peto by Mark C.
Deve looks like D'Eve, "(son) of Eve". But there is a French surname Deve, with acute accents over the Es and pronounced dayvay. This is from an old French word desve (accent on the second E), meaning "mad".
Pitot could be another of those names meaning "caring, pitying", there are several with different endings, Piton, Pitet, etc. The medieval French must have been a caring people!
Peto - is it French? it's an English surname certainly (from Poitou, France); also Hungarian, meaning "Peter". If French it is probably a nickname for someone with intestinal problems. I'll leave it at that.
Messages in this thread: