Previous Names of the Day

WAYNE     English Mar 30th
Occupational surname meaning "wagon maker", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". A famous bearer was actor John Wayne (1907-1979).

PATERNOSTER     English, French, German, Italian Mar 29th
Occupational name for a maker of rosaries, also called paternosters. They are derived from the Latin phrase pater noster "our Father", the opening words of the Lord's Prayer.

MATOS     Portuguese, Jewish Mar 28th
Variant of MATA. Matos is also a name adopted by Jews of Portuguese and Spanish background. In 1589, Francisco Rodrigues de Matos was accused of being a Rabbi and convicted by the Inquisition, but it is doubtful that he was, in fact, a Rabbi.

TARANTINO     Italian Mar 27th
Locational name that designates those who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).

GLÖCKNER     German Mar 26th
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell". The name might have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.

DUNBAR     Scottish Mar 25th
Means "castle headland" and comes from the old barony of Dunbar, now in East Lothian in Scotland. The place name Dunbar itself comes from the Gaelic dun meaning "fort" and barr meaning "summit". The town of Dunbar, at the mouth of the Frith of Forth, Scotland, is so called from its situation on a rock which projects into the sea.

JEŽEK     Czech Mar 24th
Means "a small hedgehog" in Czech. It may have originally referred to a person who lived near a sign bearing a hedgehog, or it may have been given to a person who resembled a hedgehog in some way.