Previous Names of the Day

AINSLEY     Scottish Mar 4th
From a place name: either Annesley in Nottinghamshire or Ansley in Warwickshire. The place names themselves mean either "Anne's field" or "hermitage field" from Old English ansetl "hermitage" and leah "woodland, clearing".

HEXT     English Mar 3rd
From a nickname meaning "tallest" in Middle English. It is most common in the southwest of England in the county of Devon.

VARELA     Spanish Mar 2nd
Derived from Spanish vara "stick". It may have originally been given to one who used a stick in his line of work, for example an animal herder.

METAXAS     Greek Mar 1st
Derived from Greek metaxi "silk", and most likely referred to a silk merchant or another occupation that dealt with silk.

BANNER     English Feb 28th
Occupational name for a flag carrier, derived from Old French baniere meaning "banner", ultimately of Germanic origin.

KNOCHENMUS     German Feb 27th
From German knochen "bone" and mus "sauce". It probably referred to someone who worked in the butcher trade.

OAKLEY     English Feb 26th
From a place name that had many oak trees. It means "oak clearing" in Old English. It was borne by American sharpshooter Annie Oakley (1860-1926).