Previous Names of the Day

MORIARTY     Irish Nov 21st
From Irish Ó Muircheartach, meaning "descendent of MUIRCHERTACH". This was the surname given by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the well-known antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes series.

SCHINDLER     German, Jewish Nov 20th
Means "shingler, roof tiler". A famous bearer was Oskar Schindler, who saved over a thousand Polish Jews during World War II.

XYLANDER     Dutch, German Nov 19th
From Greek xylon, which meant "wood, forest", and andros, which meant "man". This surname was a Greek translation of Dutch and German surnames of the same meaning.

BOROS     Hungarian Nov 18th
Derived from bor, the Hungarian word for "wine". Originally it could have either indicated someone who drank too much, or a person who owned a winery.

MASON     English Nov 17th
Occupational name for a stoneworker or layer of bricks, from Old French masson, ultimately of Germanic origin (akin to Old English macian "to make").

CHARBONNEAU     French Nov 16th
Derived from a diminutive form of French charbon "charcoal". The name was most likely a nickname for a person with black hair or a dark complexion.

ZAMBRANO (1)     Spanish Nov 15th
Derived from a habitational name for someone "from Zamora", or a habitational name for someone of Zambrana, a town in the Araba province in Basque Country.