Previous Names of the Day

VAN WIEREN     Frisian, Dutch Aug 18th
Means "from Wieren". This is the name of towns in Frisia and other parts of the Netherlands, which mean "seaweed".

NGUYỄN     Vietnamese Aug 17th
Vietnamese form of RUAN, from Sino-Vietnamese (nguyễn). This is the most common Vietnamese surname, accounting for over a third of the population.

JASKOLSKI     Polish Aug 16th
Originally indicated a person from Jaskolski in Poland. The name of the town itself is derived from Polish jaskolka "a swallow".

VERNON     English Aug 15th
Locational name in the Eure region of Normandy, from the Gaulish element vern "alder (tree)" with the genitive case maker onis.

URQUHART     Scottish Aug 14th
Derived from Welsh ar "by" and cardden "thicket". This is the name of several places, the most famous being north of Loch Ness.

DVOŘÁK     Czech Aug 13th
Occupational name derived from Czech dvůr "manor", indicating a person who worked at such a place. This name was borne by the Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904).

ALFARSI     Arabic Aug 12th
Means "the Persian" in Arabic, derived from Arabic فارس (Faris) meaning "Persia".