Previous Names of the Day

WALLACE     Scottish, English, Irish Nov 27th
Means "foreigner, stranger" from the Norman French waleis. It was often used to denote native Welsh and Bretons. A famous bearer was the 13th-century Sir William Wallace of Scotland.

O'HARA     Irish Nov 26th
From the Irish Ó hEaghra, which means "descendant of Eaghra", Eaghra being a given name of uncertain origin. Supposedly, the founder of the clan was Eaghra, a 10th-century lord of Luighne. A famous fictional bearer of this surname is Scarlett O'Hara, a character in Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone With The Wind' (1936).

ANHOLTS     Dutch Nov 25th
Originally denoted a person from Anholt, the Netherlands, meaning "hold still" (a place where people could rest for the night) from the Dutch word anholt.

SAWYER     English Nov 24th
Occupational name meaning "sawer of wood" in Middle English. Mark Twain used it for the main character in his novel 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' (1876).

NAVRÁTIL     Czech Nov 23rd
Derived from the past participle of the verb navrátit "to return". The name was perhaps used to denote a person who came back to his home following a long absence.

SPENCER     English Nov 22nd
Occupational surname for the person at the manor who dispensed the Lord's provisions to those who lived on his land and worked at his estate.

MORIARTY     Irish Nov 21st
From Irish Ó Muircheartach meaning "descendant of MUIRCHERTACH". This was the surname given by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the antagonist in the Sherlock Holmes series.