Previous Names of the Day

VASS     Hungarian Apr 18th
Derived from the old Hungarian term vass meaning "iron", referring to a worker in iron, a miner of iron core or a vendor of goods so manufactured. Alternatively, from the same root word, it may have been a nickname referring to distinctively strong constitution.

KAUR     Indian (Sikh) Apr 17th
In 1699 the Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh female followers the surname Kaur and all males Singh. Kaur means "princess" in Sanskrit. In many instances, it is also used as a middle name with the family name serving as the surname.

NEWTON     English Apr 16th
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).

ECHEVERRÍA     Spanish Apr 15th
Derived from the Basque place name Etxeberria, which itself is derived from Basque etxe "house" and berri "new".

BREITBARTH     German Apr 14th
Means "broad beard" from German breit "broad" and bart "beard", originally a nickname for someone with a full beard.

WOLANSKI     Ukrainian Apr 13th
Denoted a person who came from one of the places in Poland called Wola, Wolany. It sometimes is derived from the Polish given name Wolan meaning "to want".

POLOLANIK     Czech Apr 12th
Derived from Czech polo "one half" and lan, a measure of land equal to approximately 18 hectares. The name denoted someone who owned half a lan of land.