Previous Names of the Day

WAYNE     EnglishMar 30th
Occupational name meaning "wagon maker, cartwright", derived from Old English wægn "wagon". A famous bearer was the American actor John Wayne (1907-1979).

PATERNOSTER     English, ItalianMar 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.

MATA     Spanish, Portuguese, CatalanMar 28th
From Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan mata meaning "trees, shrubs", possibly from Late Latin matta meaning "reed mat".

TARANTINO     ItalianMar 27th
Locational name that originally designated a person who came from Taranto, a city in southeast Italy, which was originally called Ταρας (Taras) by Greek colonists. A famous bearer of this name is the American director Quentin Tarantino (1963-).

GLÖCKNER     GermanMar 26th
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell". It may have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.

DUNBAR     ScottishMar 25th
From the name of a town in East Lothian, Scotland, derived from Gaelic dùn meaning "fort" and barr meaning "summit", so called from its situation on a rock that projects into the sea.

KOROŠEC     SloveneMar 24th
Originally indicated a person from Koroška (Carinthia), a medieval Slovene state, now divided between Slovenia and Austria.