Previous Names of the Day

SÖRÖS     HungarianDec 10th
From Hungarian sör meaning "beer". Originally the name was given to beer brewers.

SUMNER     EnglishDec 9th
Occupational name for a summoner, an official who was responsible for ensuring the appearance of witnesses in court, from Middle English sumner, ultimately from Latin submonere "to advise".

VENÄLÄINEN     FinnishDec 8th
Means "Russian" in Finnish. This name was originally used by the ethnic Finns who lived on the Russian side of the border.

BISHOP     EnglishDec 7th
Means simply "bishop", ultimately from Greek επισκοπος (episkopos) meaning "overseer". It probably originally referred to a person who served a bishop.

SIENKIEWICZ     PolishDec 6th
Patronymic from the given name Sienko, an old diminutive of SZYMON. This was the surname of the Polish writer Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846-1916).

MACDONALD     ScottishDec 5th
Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill meaning "son of DONALD". It originates from the Highland clan Donald.

ABATE     ItalianDec 4th
From Italian abate meaning "abbot, priest", derived via Latin and Greek from an Aramaic word meaning "father". This was used either as a nickname or an occupational name for a worker in a priest's house.