Previous Names of the Day

SCHLENDER     German Aug 26th
From Middle High German slinderen "to dawdle" or Middle Low German slinden "to swallow, eat".

TRAVERS     English, French Aug 25th
From an English and French place name that described a person who lived near a bridge or ford, or occasionally as an occupational name for the collector of tolls at such a location. The place name is derived from Old French traverser (which comes from Late Latin transversare), which means "to cross".

SKJEGGESTAD     Norwegian Aug 24th
Means "Skjegge's place" or "the bearded one's place" from Norwegian skjegge "beard" and stad "town, place".

CORCORAN     Irish Aug 23rd
From Irish Ó Corcráin meaning "descendant of Corcrán", a given name derived from the Gaelic word corcair "purple".

STREET     English Aug 22nd
Habitational name for anyone who lived in a place called Street, for example in Hertfordshire, Kent and Somerset. It is derived from Old English stræt "Roman road".

MATSUMOTO     Japanese Aug 21st
From one of the many places with this name in Japan, derived from Japanese (matsu) meaning "pine tree, fir tree" and (moto) meaning "base, root, origin".

MACBETH     Scottish Aug 20th
Derived from the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", which denoted a man of religious devotion. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king, and the name of a play based on his life by William Shakespeare.