Type Surname (from nickname)
Pronounced Pron. /ˈfɔl.ˌstæf/(English)  [key·simplify]

Meaning & History

The name of a buffoonish character, John Falstaff, appearing in four of William Shakespeare's plays. He is the central character in The Merry Wives of Windsor (1602). Shakespeare probably adapted it from the surname of John Fastolf, a 15th-century knight. The medieval surname Fastolf, no longer in use, was derived from the Norse given name Fastúlfr.


Entry added June 9, 2023