Previous Names of the Day

PITTALUGA     ItalianApr 22nd
Originally a nickname for somebody who steals grapes from vineyards. In the Genoese dialect pittà means "to pick" and uga means "grapes" (uva in Italian).

WATSON     English, ScottishApr 21st
Patronymic derived from the Middle English given name Wat or Watt, a diminutive of the name WALTER.

VILAR     Portuguese, Galician, CatalanApr 20th
Means "hamlet, farm" in Portuguese, Galician and Catalan, from Late Latin villare, a derivative of Latin villa.

PETIT     French, Catalan, EnglishApr 19th
Means "small, little" derived from Old French and Catalan petit. It was perhaps used for a short, small person or to denote the younger of two individuals.

VASS     HungarianApr 18th
Derived from Hungarian vas meaning "iron", referring to a worker in iron, a miner of iron ore or a vendor of iron goods. Alternatively, from the same root word, it may have been a nickname referring to one with a distinctively strong constitution.

KAUR     Indian (Sikh)Apr 17th
Means "princess", ultimately from Sanskrit कुमारी (kumari) meaning "girl". In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh gave all his Sikh female followers the surname Kaur and all males Singh. In many instances, it is also used as a middle name with the family name serving as the surname.

NEWTON     EnglishApr 16th
From the name of one of many English towns meaning "new town". A famous bearer was the English physicist Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727).