Previous Names of the Day

TASKER     English Jun 30th
Middle English taske meaning "task or assignment". A tasker was a person who had a fixed job to do, particularly a person who threshed corn with a flail.

KENNEDY     Irish Jun 29th
From the Irish name Ó Cinnéidigh meaning "descendent of CENNÉTIG". This surname was borne by assassinated American president John F. Kennedy (1917-1963).

SPELLMEYER     German Jun 28th
The second element meyer means "village headman". The first element is possibly from the Germanic spielen meaning "to play, jest". Perhaps it referred to someone who was playing or acting as the village headman.

SINAGRA (2)     Italian Jun 27th
Derived from the given name Xenagoras which means "strange honour" from the Greek xenos "strange" and geras "honour".

DUKE     English Jun 26th
From the noble title, which was originally from Latin dux "leader". It was an occupational surname for a person who behaved like a duke, or who worked in a duke's household.

FASHINGBAUER     German Jun 25th
From Fasching, a German carnival (Fastnacht meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Catholic Bavaria, and bauer meaning "farmer".

SERAFIM     Portuguese Jun 24th
Derived from the Latin given name Seraphinus which is derived from the Hebrew serafim which was the name of a class of angels in the Bible whose name originally was derived from saraf meaning "to burn".