Previous Names of the Day

PARKER     English Jun 19th
Means "keeper of the park" in Middle English. It is an occupational name for a man who was the gamekeeper at the medieval park.

WANG (3)     German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish Jun 18th
From Old High German wang or Old Norse vangr meaning "grassy slope, meadow".

LONGSTAFF     English Jun 17th
Name for a tipstaff or beadle who carried a long staff as a badge of office, or else referred to someone who was very tall.

LINDGREN     Swedish Jun 16th
Means "branch of a linden tree" from Swedish lind "linden tree" and gren "branch". A famous bearer of this name was Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002).

ZHAO     Chinese Jun 15th
From Chinese (zhào) which refers to an ancient city-state in what is now Shanxi province. According to legend, King Mu rewarded his chariot driver Zaofu with the city, at which time Zaofu adopted this surname. The later historic state of Zhao, which existed from the 5th to 3rd centuries BC, was named after this city.

HONEYCUTT     English Jun 14th
Derived from the name of the English town of Hunnacott, derived from Old English hunig "honey" or the given name Huna combined with cot "cottage".

PAYNE     Irish, Scottish, English Jun 13th
Means "villager, rustic" and later "heathen" from Middle English Payn, Old French Paien which was often given to children whose baptism had been postponed or adults whose religious zeal was lacking.