Previous Names of the Day

SPELLMEYER     German Jun 28th
The second element meyer means "village headman". The first element is possibly from the Germanic spielen meaning "to play, jest". Perhaps it referred to someone who was playing or acting as the village headman.

SINAGRA (2)     Italian Jun 27th
Derived from the given name Xenagoras which means "strange honour" from Greek xenos "strange" and geras "honour".

DUKE     English Jun 26th
From the noble title, which was originally from Latin dux "leader". It was an occupational surname for a person who behaved like a duke, or who worked in a duke's household.

FASHINGBAUER     German Jun 25th
From Fasching, a German carnival (Fastnacht meaning "eve of the beginning of the fast", or the time before Lent) celebrated in Austria and Catholic Bavaria, and bauer meaning "farmer".

SERAFIM     Portuguese Jun 24th
Derived from the Latin given name Seraphinus which was derived from the Hebrew serafim which was the name of a class of angels in the Bible whose name originally was derived from saraf meaning "to burn".

HOLST     Low German, Dutch, Danish Jun 23rd
Referred originally to a person from the region of Holstein (between Germany and Denmark). A famous bearer of this name was the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).

ZELLWEGER     German Jun 22nd
Originally denoted a person from Zellweg, a location in Germany. The place name Zellweg means "path to a small monastery, chamber" from German zelle "small chamber, monastery" and weg "path, way". A famous bearer of this name is actress Renée Zellweger (1969-).