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Type Surname (from given name)
Other Forms FormsJeanpetit, Meiklejohn

Meaning & History

Distinguishing epithet for the smallest of two or more bearers of the common personal name John. Compare Meiklejohn. In some cases the nickname may have been bestowed on a large man, irrespective of his actual personal name, in allusion to the character in the Robin Hood legend, whose nickname was of ironic application.
Translation of French Jeanpetit.
Added 7/27/2014 by LMS
Edited 6/18/2016 by cutenose and LMS