Previous Names of the Day

COURTENAY (1)     English May 24th
From the name of towns in France which were originally derivatives of the Gallo-Roman personal name Curtenus, itself derived from Latin curtus "short".

KIRCHNER     German May 23rd
Derived from Middle High German kirche "church". The name was probably given to someone who worked at a church or lived near one.

GRIFFIN (2)     English May 22nd
From the mythological beast with body of a lion with head and wings of an eagle. It is ultimately from Greek γρυψ (gryps).

NAGEL     German, Dutch May 21st
Means "nail" in German and Dutch, and is probably related to the occupation of carpenter. It could also refer to a smith who specifically made nails.

ABADJIEV     Bulgarian May 20th
Patronymic name derived from the Turkish word aba "coat". The name was most likely used to denote the children of a tailor.

MONAHAN     Irish May 19th
From Irish Ó Manacháin meaning "descendant of Manacháin". The given name Manacháin meant "little monk", from manach "monk" and a diminutive suffix.

BONNER     English, French May 18th
Of Norman French origin with the original Bonners arriving in Britain during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. There have been numerous spellings of the name, of which all have the meaning "good manners".