Previous Names of the Day

VAN HERTEN     Dutch Oct 23rd
Means "from Herten", a small town in the middle of the province of Limburg in the Netherlands. It comes from the word herten, which is the plural form of hert, the Dutch word for "deer".

MURRAY     Scottish Oct 22nd
Derived from the region in Scotland called Moray meaning "seaboard settlement". A notable bearer of this surname was General James Murray (1721-1794), who was the first British Governor-General of Canada.

VON WEGBERG     German Oct 21st
Means "from Wegberg", a small town in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany, close to the border of the Netherlands.

CAMPBELL     Scottish Oct 20th
From a Gaelic nickname cam béul meaning "wry or crooked mouth". The surname was later represented in Latin documents as de bello campo meaning "of the fair field".

ARENDONK     Dutch Oct 19th
Denoted a person from Arendonk, a town between in northern Belgium. It is derived from arend "eagle" and donk "hill".

TAMBOLI     Indian Oct 18th
From the Sanskrit word tambul meaning "beetel leaves". These are precious leaves which are used in rituals and worship throughout India. The name was originally given to a person who grew and dealt with the trade of beetel leaves.

GOMES     Portuguese Oct 17th
From the medieval given name Gomes, probably Visigothic in origin, from guma "man". This name is also common on the west coast of India, where it was taken by Portuguese colonists.