Previous Names of the Day

SAWYER     English Nov 24th
Occupational surname meaning "sawer of wood" in Middle English. Mark Twain used it for the main character in his novel 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876).

NAVRÁTIL     Czech Nov 23rd
Derived from the past participle of the verb navrátit "to return". The name was perhaps used to denote a person who came back to his home following a long absence.

SPENCER     English Nov 22nd
Occupational surname for the person at the manor who dispensed the Lord's provisions to those who lived on his land and worked at his estate.

MORIARTY     Irish Nov 21st
From Irish Ó Muircheartach, meaning "descendent of MUIRCHERTACH". This was the surname given by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the well-known antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes series.

SCHINDLER     German, Jewish Nov 20th
Means "shingler, roof tiler". A famous bearer was Oskar Schindler, who saved over a thousand Polish Jews during World War II.

XYLANDER     Dutch, German Nov 19th
From Greek xylon, which meant "wood, forest", and andros, which meant "man". This surname was a Greek translation of Dutch and German surnames of the same meaning.

BOROS     Hungarian Nov 18th
Derived from bor, the Hungarian word for "wine". Originally it could have either indicated someone who drank too much, or a person who owned a winery.