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Type Surname (from nickname)
Usage French
Pronounced Pron. LU-NWAHRH  [key]

Meaning & History

French surname which was originally a nickname for a person with dark hair or skin, derived from noir "black" combined with the definite article le. A famous bearer is Étienne Lenoir (1822 - 1900), the inventor of the internal combustion engine.
Added 12/17/2006 by David
Edited 9/8/2018 by Sofia, Frollein Gladys, LMS and more