Nickname for a person in a hurry, from Czech pospíšit "hurry"
POWER (2) English
From Middle English povre
, via Old French from Latin pauper
. It could have been a nickname for someone who had no money or a miser.
From Old English prætt
meaning "trick, prank"
. This was a nickname for a trickster.
From a nickname meaning "dark"
in Spanish, referring to a person with dark hair or skin.
From Italian profeta
. It probably came from a nickname indicating a person who wanted to predict the future. It is typical of southern Italy.
From a nickname meaning "showy, pompous"
, derived from an old southern German word meaning "toad".
Derived from Old French preu
meaning "valiant, brave"
From Old French pourcel "piglet"
, from Latin porcellus
, a derivative of porcus
"pig". This was a nickname or an occupational name for a swineherd.
From Italian quattro
meaning "four" and occhi
meaning "eyes", a nickname for a person who wore glasses. It is usually found in Sicily.
Nickname for a quick or agile person, ultimately from Old English cwic
Anglicized form of Irish Ó Coigligh
meaning "descendant of Coigleach"
, a given name meaning "untidy".
RAPP (1) Swedish
From Swedish rapp
meaning "quick, prompt"
, one of the names adopted by soldiers in the 17th century.
Possibly from German rasch
"quick" and Kopf
From Italian ratto
, originally denoting a sly individual.
in German, a nickname for a person with long legs.
Possibly derived from a variant of Spanish de rondón
meaning "unexpectedly, rashly"
REY (1) English, Spanish, French, Catalan
in Old French, Spanish and Catalan, ultimately from Latin rex
), perhaps originally denoting someone who acted like a king.
REY (2) English
Means "female roe deer"
from Old English ræge
, probably denoting someone of a nervous temperament.
From Italian riccio
, a nickname for someone with curly hair. It is ultimately from Latin ericius
From a nickname for a strong person, from Italian robusto
"strong", from Latin robustus
"firm, solid, oaken".
Patronymic derived from Middle English rond
meaning "round, plump", ultimately from Latin rotundus
From a Norman French nickname that meant "little red one"
, perhaps originally describing a person with red hair.
From Italian sanna
meaning "tusk, fang"
, a nickname for a person with a protruding tooth.
Nickname for a poor or miserly person, from Italian scarso "scarce, scant"
From Middle High German slinderen "to dawdle"
or Middle Low German slinden "to swallow, to eat"
From Middle High German schrecken
meaning "to frighten, to scare"
From Sicilian sciarra
meaning "quarrel, dispute"
, originally a nickname for a quarrelsome person.
From Italian segreto
, a nickname for a confidant.
SENFT (2) German
Nickname for a helpful, kind person, from Old High German semfti
meaning "soft, accommodating"
From a nickname derived from Italian serpe "serpent, reptile"
Means "beautiful, handsome"
in Yiddish, from German schön
Nickname for a keen person, from Old English scearp "sharp"
From the Old Norse nickname or byname skjótr
From Old English snel
meaning "fast, quick, nimble"
SOMMER (1) German, English
, from Old High German sumar
or Old English sumor
. This was a nickname for a cheerful person, someone who lived in a sunny spot, or a farmer who had to pay taxes in the summer.
from Middle High German sunne
. It probably denoted someone of cheerful temperament or a person who lived in a sunny area.
From Italian sordo
, from Latin surdus
Means "worry, care, anxiety"
in German, from Old High German sorga
From Sicilian spanu
meaning "sparse, thin hair"
, ultimately from Greek σπάνιος (spanios)
meaning "scarce, rare".
From an Old Norse nickname or byname derived from sparkr
From Old English spere "spear"
, an occupational name for a hunter or a maker of spears, or a nickname for a thin person.
Possibly from German spielen
meaning "to play, to jest" combined with meyer
meaning "village headman". Perhaps it referred to someone who was played or acted as the village headman.
From a nickname for a big person, derived from Middle English stack "haystack"
, of Old Norse origin.
STERN (1) English
From Old English styrne
meaning "stern, severe"
. This was used as a nickname for someone who was stern, harsh, or severe in manner or character.
Derived from Middle High German stiuben
meaning "to run away"
. It may have been given as a nickname to a cowardly person or a thief.
Derived from Middle English strange
, ultimately from Latin extraneus
From Old High German strub
meaning "rough, unkempt"
in German, originally a nickname for a volatile person.
in Czech. This was a nickname for a thin person.
From Old High German suozi
in German, derived from Middle High German tanzen
From Middle English tele
meaning "teal, duck"
Possibly from a nickname meaning "stubborn"
Derived from Saxon tollkühn
. A famous bearer was the English author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973).
, usually denoting a younger man, from Latin tonsus
From a nickname for a tough, stubborn person, from Italian tosto "hard, tough"
From a byname derived from Old Norse tryggr
meaning "true, loyal"
TYSON (1) English
Derived from a nickname for a quarrelsome person, from Old French tison
Refers to a restless, fidgety, nervous person, from German unruhe
in Hungarian, referring to a person with red hair or face.
Derived from Old English geong
. This was a descriptive name to distinguish father from son.