Previous Names of the Day

GLÖCKNER     German Mar 26th
Derived from Middle High German glocke "bell". The name might have referred to a person who worked at or lived close to a bell tower.

DUNBAR     Scottish Mar 25th
Means "castle headland" and comes from the old barony of Dunbar, now in East Lothian in Scotland. The place name Dunbar itself comes from the Gaelic dun meaning "fort" and barr meaning "summit". The town of Dunbar, at the mouth of the Frith of Forth, Scotland, is so called from its situation on a rock which projects into the sea.

JEŽEK     Czech Mar 24th
Means "a small hedgehog" in Czech. It may have originally referred to a person who lived near a sign bearing a hedgehog, or it may have been given to a person who resembled a hedgehog in some way.

GRILLO     Italian Mar 23rd
From an Italian nickname meaning "cricket", perhaps given originally to a cheerful person (the cricket is associated with cheerfulness). It was documented in Bari in 1151.

HUBER     German Mar 22nd
From Middle High German huober or huob(e)ner meaning "man who owns a hube" (a hube is a piece of land of 30-60 acres). This name is from southern Germany.

PAJARI     Finnish, Russian Mar 21st
Means "boyar" (Russian noble). The name has come from Finland's east where Russian influences are quite strong.

SCHENCK     German, Dutch, Jewish Mar 20th
From Middle High German, Middle Dutch schenke meaning "wine server" (from Old High German scenken "to pour out"). As a German name it also denoted a tavernkeeper.