Previous Names of the Day

MURRAY (1)     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.

BACHMEIER     German Oct 21st
Originally referred to a farmer whose farm was beside a stream, from Middle High German bach "stream" and meier "steward, tenant farmer".

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, Marathi Oct 18th
From the Sanskrit word ताम्बूल (tambula) meaning "betel leaves". These leaves are used in rituals and worship, and the name was originally given to a person who grew or sold them.

BEASLEY     English Oct 17th
From the name of a place in Lancashire, from Old English beos "bent grass" and leah "woodland, clearing".

STRICKLAND     English Oct 16th
From the name of a town in Cumbria, derived from Old English stirc "calf, young bullock" and land "cultivated land".