Previous Names of the Day

ASTRAUCKAS     Lithuanian Jul 22nd
Of disputed origin, either from the Polish ostrega "dweller by the blackberries", ostry "sharp, keen" or ostrouszek "sharp ear, a type of mixed breed dog".

LEAVITT     English Jul 21st
From Livet, a region in Normandy, France. Vikings conquered the area and a particular family had taken up the name by the time of the Battle of Hastings 1066, when William the Conqueror invaded England.

BUDNY     Polish, Ukrainian Jul 20th
Possibly means "dweller in a hut, cabin" from the Polish and Ukrainian word buda. Alternatively it could simply be from a diminutive of a multitude of given names beginning with the element budzi "to be".

FAVAGER     French Jul 19th
From the old French or Swiss word faverges or favarges meaning a "forge", hence a name for a blacksmith. Alternatively it could indicate one from the area of Faverges or La Favarge near Neuchatel (derived from the same word).

MAXWELL     Scottish Jul 18th
From a place name meaning "Mack's stream", from the name Mack, a short form of the Scandinavian name MAGNUS, combined with Old English wella "stream". A famous bearer was James Maxwell (1831-1879), a Scottish physicist who studied gases and electromagnetism.

SATO (1)     Japanese Jul 17th
From sa meaning "help" and to meaning "wisteria", the latter syllable indicating a connection to the Fujiwara ("wisteria field") clan.

BANCROFT     English Jul 16th
Habitational name derived from any of various places called Bancroft, derived from Old English bean meaning "beans" and croft meaning "paddock, smallholding".