Previous Names of the Day

CASTILLO     Spanish Jan 26th
Originally indicated a person from Castile (Castilla in Spanish), a region (and ancient kingdom) in Spain. The name of the region means "castle".

LAVIGNE     French Jan 25th
Means "the vineyard" in French. The name referred to a person who lived close to a vineyard, or was from the town of Lavigny.

KLEIN     German, Dutch, Jewish Jan 24th
Means "little" from German klein or Yiddish kleyn. A famous bearer of this name is clothes designer Calvin Klein (1942-).

LAGUARDIA     Italian Jan 23rd
Originally an occupational surname meaning "sentry" or "sentinel". It also had a locative meaning "watchtower". Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.

ÅRUD     Norwegian Jan 22nd
Means "a river by a clearing" from å or aa meaning "river", and rud, a very old Norwegian word meaning "clearing".

PAHLKE     German Jan 21st
Means "tall, thin, pole-like" from the Old French piel, although it may also have denoted a person who lived by a pole, or who worked with poles.

CODY     Irish Jan 20th
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Cuidighthigh meaning "descendent of CUIDIGHTHEACH". A famous bearer was the American frontiersman and showman Buffalo Bill Cody (1846-1917).