Stalker
Does anyone know what this surnam means, and where does it come from?
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This is a Scottish surname, though it may have originated independently elsewhere. It means a stalker of animals, i.e., a hunter, especially of deer. There was also a Highland Gaelic name, Mac an stalcaire, son of the stalker
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Why not take it literally?

Andy ;—)
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Furthermore, if you consider it's meaning too negative to take it literally you may enjoy realizing that the "stalker" who inspired it might not be your ancestor for many reasons, for example, your ancestor could have been a beautiful woman or very rich man who being "stalked" by someone else was dubbed the nickname "stalker" as a way to tease him/her about his/her stalker... Or people might have teased a very romantic man misinterpreting stalking-like behaviour he made with his beloved's consent (but without her parent's consent)... A good spy or scout or hired assassin might have earned the surname out of his (or her?) success as such... Furthermore, the word might have changed meaning with time (around the same meaning it actually has). I think it does comes from "stalk" like in "toadstool stalk", anyway surnames are not always passed only through bloodline to descendants and such heir. Beyond this I must say... It's the kind of surname you understand literally (althought I've seen a revolutionary, revolutionary in my terms, article which shows how two surnames which could be understood refering to contemporary Spanish might have come from different words; look up for "Morales" and "Zarzuela" in "Celtiberia.net" if you can understand Spanish)
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