Previous Names of the Day

LAGUARDIA     ItalianJan 23rd
Occupational name meaning "sentry, sentinel" in Italian, also a locative name referring to a person who lived near a watchtower. Fiorello Laguardia (1882-1947) was the first mayor of New York of Italian origin.

ÅRUD     NorwegianJan 22nd
From Norwegian å meaning "river, stream" and the archaic word rud meaning "clearing".

PEEL     EnglishJan 21st
Nickname for a thin person, derived from Old French pel, Latin palus meaning "stake, post" (related to English pole).

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

SAPPINGTON     EnglishJan 19th
Possibly from the city of Sapperton, England, derived from Old English sapere meaning "soap maker" and tun meaning "enclosure, yard, town".

PROFETA     ItalianJan 18th
From Italian profeta meaning "prophet". It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.

FORESTER     EnglishJan 17th
Denoted a keeper or one in charge of a forest, or one who has charge of growing timber in a forest (see FOREST).