Previous Names of the Day

HOLME     English, Scottish Aug 31st
Refers either to someone living by an island in a fen (from northern Middle English holm) or near a holly tree (Middle English holm).

ZAHRADNIK     Czech Aug 30th
Derived from Czech zahrada "garden". A zahradnik was a person who owned less land than a Sedlak or a Dvorak, but more land than a Chalupnik.

KNELLER     German Aug 29th
Originally a nickname for a noisy or disruptive person, derived from Old German knellen "to make noise, to cause a disturbance".

GORECKI     Polish Aug 28th
Originally indicated a person from Górka, a town in Poland. Its name is ultimately derived from the Slavic gora "mountain".

CONSTABLE     English Aug 27th
From the Latin comes stabuli, the "count or officer of the stable". By the time it had reached France it had become Cunestable, and as such was brought to England. A little later the term was applied to a military officer.

SCHNEIDER (2)     German, Jewish Aug 26th
Means "tailor" from the German schneider or Yiddish shnayder.

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".