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This is a list of submitted surnames in which the usage is English or American.
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NATE English
From the given name NATE.
NATES English, Jewish
It's probably from the given name NATE, the origin is said to be Jewish*, but the ancestors immigrated to English speaking countries.
NATHAN English
From the given name NATHAN.
NATION English
Most probably a variant of Nathan, altered by folk etymology under the influence of the English vocabulary word nation
NAUGHTON English
Habitational name from a place in Suffolk, named in Old English with nafola meaning "navel" + tūn meaning "enclosure", "settlement", i.e. "settlement in the navel or depression".
NEAD English
1. English: possibly a metonymic nickname for a needy person, from Middle English ne(e)d ‘need’. ... [more]
NEALE English, Scottish, Irish
English, Scottish, and Irish variant of NEAL.
NEARS English
French in origin, it is derived from the word "Noir," which is the equivalent of the English word "Black." It could have referred to a person with dark features, hair, or perhaps even one who was thought to engage in nafarious, or "dark," deeds.
NEDD English, Welsh
Son of "Edward" in Old English.... [more]
NEEVE English, Scottish
An English surname, of Norman origin, meaning the nephew. One who was in care of their uncle. A surname first recorded in Perthshire.
NEIGHBOR English
From the Middle English word neighbor, derived from neghebour, which in turn comes from the Old English words neah, meaning "near", and gebur, meaning "a dweller". This may have been used as a nickname for someone who was a 'good neighbor', more likely it evolved from the term of address for someone living nearby.
NEILSON English
Means "son of NEIL". Often an English respelling of the surnames NIELSEN or NILSEN.
NELVIN English (American)
Female named after her uncle who surname was Melvin. Born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1931.
NEMIROW English
Is the English for the Russian/Ukrainian Surname Nemirov
NEMO English
A different form of Nimmo (a Scottish name of unknown origin).
NESBITT Scottish, Irish, English
Derives from the hamlets of East Nisbet and West Nisbet, Berwickshire. Some bearers of Nisbet/Nesbitt (and variant) names may originate from the village of Nisbet in Roxburghshire.
NESTOR English
Transferred use of given name NESTOR
NEUFELD German, English
Neufeld is a surname of German origin, meaning "new field". It is not seldom in Germany and it is common among German speaking Mennonites from Russia.
NEVELS English, Scottish
(1) Variant of NEVILLE (2) Possibly variant of Dutch Nevens, which is derived from Neve, from Middle English, Old Norse, Middle Dutch neve ‘nephew’, presumably denoting the nephew of some great personage.
NEVIL English
"Variant of the name NEVILLE"
NEW English
Nickname for a newcomer to an area, from Middle English newe meaning "new".
NEWARK English
A habitational name taken on from a place name, such as Newark in Cambridgeshire or Newark on Trent in Nottinghamshire.
NEWBORN English
Habitational name from Newbourn in Suffolk or Newburn in Tyne and Wear (formerly part of Northumberland), both named with Old English niwe "new" and burna "stream", perhaps denoting a stream that had changed its course.
NEWBROUGH English (British)
Newbrough surname is thought to be a habitational, taken on from a place name such as from Newbrough in Northumberland, which is derived from the Old English words niwe, meaning "new," and burh, meaning "fortification."
NEWBY English
Means "person from Newby", Newby being a combination of the Middle English elements newe "new" and by "farm, settlement" (ultimately from Old Norse býr "farm"). British travel writer Eric Newby (1919-2006) bore this surname.
NEWCOMER English (American)
Nickname for a person who was new to a town or location, from Old English niwe meaning "new" and cumen meaning "to come".
NEWEY English
Topographic name for someone who lived at a "new enclosure", from Middle English newe "new" and haga "enclousire".
NEWHAM English
Habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Northumbria and North Yorkshire, so named from Old English neowe "new" and ham "homestead".
NEWLIN English, Irish
An Irish surname meaning "By the the spring"
NEWQUIST English
Americansized form of Swedish NYQUIST.
NEY German, English
A dialectal form of the common German word neu "new".... [more]
NICHOLLS English
Derived from the given name NICHOL.
NICKERSON English
Means "son of NICHOLAS".
NICKS English, German
From the nickname of Nicholas.
NICKSON English
Variant of NIXON, patronymic from the given name NICHOLAS.
NIGHTINGALE English
Nickname for someone with a good voice, from Middle English nighti(n)gale, Old English nihtegal, from niht "night" and galan "sing" (cf. NACHTIGALL).
NIKOLAS Sinhalese, English, Greek
Variant of NICOLÁS used in Sri Lanka. Can also be derived from the given name NIKOLAS.
NINE English (American)
Americanized spelling of German Nein or Neun, from Middle High German niun meaning "nine".
NOAR English
This surname is thought to be derived from nore which could mean "shore, cliff." This could denote that someone might have lived in a shore or cliff. It may also be used as a surname for someone who lived in the now 'diminished' village of Nore in Surrey.
NOBBS English
Derived from HOB, a Medieval English diminutive of ROBERT.
NOBLE English, Scottish, Irish, French
Nickname from Middle English, Old French noble "high-born, distinguished, illustrious" (Latin nobilis), denoting someone of lofty birth or character, or perhaps also ironically someone of low station... [more]
NOCK Celtic, English
Dweller at the oak tree; originally spelt as "Noake" evolved into "Nock".
NOCTE American
Means "night" in Latin.
NOICE English
Variant spelling of Noyce.
NOON English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone of a sunny disposition (noon being the sunniest part of the day); or (ii) from Irish Gaelic Ó Nuadháin "descendant of Nuadhán", a personal name based on Nuadha, the name of various Celtic gods (cf... [more]
NORDEEN English (American)
Perhaps an anglicization of NORDIN or NORDÉN.
NORDICK English
Habitational name from a place so named near Bocholt, in the Lower Rhine area.
NORELL Swedish, English
Swedish ornamental name composed of norr "north" or nor "small strait" and the popular surname suffix -ell, from Latin adjectival suffix -elius. ... [more]
NORRELL English, German (?)
A locational surname from the Germanic (Old English/Old Norse) term for the north. It either refers to someone who lived in a location called Northwell, lived north of a well, spring or stream (Old English weall)... [more]
NORRINGTON English
Norrington is the name given to a person from the eponymous place.
NORSWORTHY English
Habitational name from Norseworthy in Walkhampton, Devon.
NORTHCOTT English
Derived from the Old English words "norð," meaning "north," and "cot," meaning a "cottage," or "shelter."
NORTHERN English
Topographic name, from an adjectival form of North.
NORWAY English
From the country in Europe.
NORWEL English
English surname meaning "From the North Spring"
NORWELL English
Means, "from the North Spring"
NOTTINGHAM English (British)
A habitational name from the city of Nottingham in the East Midlands. Comes from the Old English name, meaning "homestead (ham) of Snot’s people". The initial S- was lost in the 12th century, due to the influence of Anglo-Norman French.... [more]
NOVEMBER English (American)
From the name of the month.
NOY English
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Noye, the English form of the Hebrew name Noach "Noah"; or (ii) an invented Jewish name based on Hebrew noy "decoration, adornment".
NUGENT English, Irish, French
An English, Irish (of Norman origin) and French habitational surname derived from any of several places in northern France (such as Nogent-sur-Oise), From Latin novientum and apparently an altered form of a Gaulish name meaning "new settlement".
NUNN English
Means someone who is a nun
NUTE Anglo-Saxon, English
Derived from the given name CNUTE. Alternatively, it may be of nickname origin, from the Old English word hnutu, which meant brown, and would have been given to someone with a brown complexion.
NUTTALL English
English: habitational name from some place named with Old English hnutu ‘nut’ + h(e)alh ‘nook’, ‘recess’. In some cases this may be Nuthall in Nottinghamshire, but the surname is common mainly in Lancashire, and a Lancashire origin is therefore more likely... [more]
NUTTER English
Means either (i) "scribe, clerk" (from Middle English notere, ultimately from Latin notārius); or (ii) "person who keeps or tends oxen" (from a derivative of Middle English nowt "ox")... [more]
OAK English
Topographic name for someone who lived near an oak tree or in an oak wood, from Middle English oke "oak".
OAKES English, Irish
English: Topographic name, a plural variant of OAK.... [more]
OAKLAND English
This surname is derived from Old English āc and land and it, obviously, means "oak land."
OAKLEAF English (American)
Probably an Americanized (translated) form of Swedish EKLÖF.
OAKS English
English variant spelling of OAKES and Americanized form of Jewish Ochs.
OATES English
Patronymic from the Middle English personal name ODE (see OTT).
OATIS English
Altered spelling of OTIS, itself a variant of OATES.
OATS English
Variation of OATES.
OBERG English
Anglicized form of either ÅBERG or ÖBERG.
OBERLIN German, English
From OBERST and the suffix LYNN.... [more]
OBESUS American
Means "obese" in Latin.
OBSCURITE English
A word which means "darkness" in French language.
ODD English
Variant of OTT.
ODHAM English
Variant of ODOM, altered by folk etymology as if derived from a place name formed with -ham.
ODOM English
Medieval nickname for someone who had climbed the social ladder by marrying the daughter of a prominent figure in the local community, from Middle English odam ‘son-in-law’ (Old English aðum).
OFFICE English (Modern)
Occupational name for a person who works in an office.
OFFICER English (Canadian), English (American, Rare)
Occupational name for the holder of any office, from Anglo-Norman French officer (an agent derivative of Old French office ‘duty’, ‘service’, Latin officium ‘service’, ‘task’).
OGILVIE Scottish, English
From the ancient Barony of Ogilvie in Angus, Northeast Scotland. The placename itself is derived from Pictish ocel, 'high' and fa, 'plain'.
OKEY English
Location name meaning "lives near oak trees".
OLD English
From Middle English old, not necessarily implying old age, but rather used to distinguish an older from a younger bearer of the same personal name.
OLDKNOW English
Originally "Oldknoll"; deriving from the word knoll meaning ''hill''.
OLDROYD English
Derived from Old English euld meaning "old" and royd meaning "clearing".
OLESON English
Anglicized form of OLESEN
OLEY English
Was my mother's fathers name. Also my mother's brother.
OLIN English, Dutch
English or Dutch name meaning either "from a low lying area" or from the word Hollander meaning "one from the Netherlands" a country well known for a low lying landscape.
OLIPHANT English
Means "elephant" (from Middle English, Old French and Middle High German olifant "elephant"), perhaps used as a nickname for a large cumbersome person, or denoting someone who lived in a building distinguished by the sign of an elephant.
OLIVIA English
From the given name of Olivia
OLLIS English
Unexplained surname found in records of Bristol and Bath.
OLLSON English
Variant of OLSSON or OLSEN.
OLMSTEAD English (British)
Comes from the Old French ermite "hermit" and Old English stede "place".... [more]
ONG English
From the old english word geong which also gives us the well more known version of the name, YOUNG... [more]
OPHEL English
19th century name from the Cambridgeshire area. Probably derived from Oldfield. Variants include Opheld, Oful and Offel.... [more]
OPIE English, Cornish
From the medieval personal name Oppy or Obby, a diminutive of such names as OSBERT, OSBORN, and OSBALD... [more]
ORANGE Medieval English, Medieval French, English
Derived from the medieval female name, or directly from the French place name. First used with the modern spelling in the 17th century, apparently due to William, Prince of Orange, who later became William III... [more]
ORBISON English
From a village in Lincolnshire, England originally called Orby and later Orreby that is derived from a Scandinavian personal name Orri- and the Scandinavian place element -by which means "a farmstead or small settlement."
ORCHARD English, Scottish
English: topographic name for someone who lived by an orchard, or a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower, from Middle English orchard.... [more]
ORCUTT English
Perhaps a much altered spelling of Scottish URQUHART used predominantly in Staffordshire, England.
ORDWALD English
English name meaning "spear strength".
ORGAN English
Metonymic occupational name for a player of a musical instrument (any musical instrument, not necessarily what is now known as an organ), from Middle English organ (Old French organe, Late Latin organum ‘device’, ‘(musical) instrument’, Greek organon ‘tool’, from ergein ‘to work or do’).
ORGAN English
From a rare medieval personal name, attested only in the Latinized forms Organus (masculine) and ORGANA (feminine).
ORLEY Dutch, Flemish, English
A surname of uncertain origin found among the Dutch, Flemish and English. In England the name is primarily found in Yorkshire and Devon. Orley may be an adapted form of a French name D'Orley or a nickname for ORLANDO... [more]
ORMAY English (American)
Believed to be the Americanization of the last name Ormoi from Hungary.
ORPIN English
Means "herbalist" (from Middle English orpin "yellow stonecrop", a plant prescribed by medieval herbalists for healing wounds). A variant spelling was borne by British painter Sir William Orpen (1878-1931).
ORRIS English
This unusual and interesting name is of Italian, Latin origin, and derives from one of the earliest Roman names, "Horatius". The name is thought to mean something connected with "hora", the Latin for "hour", but the original meaning has been lost... [more]
OSBORN English
From the given name OSBORN.
OSGOOD English, Jewish
English: Old Norse personal name Asgautr, composed of the elements as'god'+the tribal name Gaul. This was established in England before the Conquest, in the late old English forms Osgot or Osgod and was later reinforce by the Norman Ansgot.... [more]
OSLER English
Possibly derived from Ostler (from the the Norman 'Hostelier') meaning clerk or bookkeeper. First used in England after the Norman invasion of 1066. Surname of a 19th cent... [more]
OSMAR English
Variant of HOSMER.
OSMOND English
From the given name OSMOND
OSS English (American)
Americanized Varient of Aas
OSTERDAY American (Germanized, Rare)
One day in Germany there was a male infant left on the steps to a church. When someone found the baby on the steps, they decided to name him Oster because that day was the day of Easter. Easter in German is Oster... [more]
OSTROM English (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Swedish ÖSTRÖM.
OSTRUM English (Anglicized)
Anglicized form of Swedish ÖSTRÖM.
OSWALD English
From the given name Oswald.
OSWALT English
From the given name OSWALD.
OTTOWAY English
From the Norman male personal names Otoïs, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-wide" or "wealth-wood", and Otewi, of Germanic origin and meaning literally "wealth-war".
OVERFELT English
Derived from the Old English "ofer," meaning "seashore," or "riverbank."
OVERSON English
Derived from the Old French name Overson, meaning "dweller by the river-banks". The name was probably brought to England in the wake of the Norman conquest of 1066.
OWNER English
From English owner meaning "a person who owns something".
OWSLEY English
Habitational name form a now lost place name in Southern England. Possibly derived from the name of the river name Ouse and Old English -leah meaning "wood".
OXENDINE English
From an English place name meaning "valley of the oxen", which was derived from Old English oxa "ox" (genitive plural oxena) and denu "valley".
OYASKI English (American)
A surname created by Michael Oyaski (formally Michael O'Yaski). The surname is currently known to only be used by one particular branch of the O'Yaski family tree. The surname means "Dragon Rider of the West" according to members of the Oyaski family.
PACEY English
"Habitation name from Pacy-sur-Eure" which took its name from the Gallo-Roman personal name Paccius and the local suffix -acum.
PACKARD English, Norman, Medieval English, German (Anglicized)
English from Middle English pa(c)k ‘pack’, ‘bundle’ + the Anglo-Norman French pejorative suffix -ard, hence a derogatory occupational name for a peddler. ... [more]
PACKWOOD English
Habitational name from a place in Warwickshire, so named from the Old English personal name Pac(c)a + wudu ‘wood’.
PADDINGTON English
Believed to mean "Pada's farm", with the Anglo-Saxon name PADA possibly coming from the Old English word pad, meaning "toad".
PADGHAM English
A habitational name.
PADLEY English
A habitational name from a place named Padley, which was probably named with the Old English personal name Padda and lēah meaning ‘glade, woodland clearing’. Alternatively, the first element may have been padde, meaning ‘toad’.
PAINE English
From the Middle English personal name Pain(e), Payn(e) (Old French Paien, from Latin Paganus), introduced to Britain by the Normans. The Latin name is a derivative of pagus "outlying village", and meant at first a person who lived in the country (as opposed to Urbanus "city dweller"), then a civilian as opposed to a soldier, and eventually a heathen (one not enrolled in the army of Christ)... [more]
PAINTER English, Medieval French, German
English: from Middle English, Old French peinto(u)r, oblique case of peintre ‘painter’, hence an occupational name for a painter (normally of colored glass). In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations, and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at St... [more]
PAITON English
Locational surname derived from the village of Peyton in Essex, England; Variant of Peyton
PALACIO American
Surname of author R.J. Palacio, who wrote the book Wonder (2012)
PALFREYMAN English
Occupational name for a man responsible for the maintenance and provision of saddle-horses.
PALIN English
(i) "person from Palling", Norfolk ("settlement of Pælli's people") or "person from Poling", Sussex ("settlement of Pāl's people"); (ii) from the Welsh name ap Heilyn "son of Heilyn", a personal name perhaps meaning "one who serves at table"
PALLISER English
Means "maker of palings and fences" (from a derivative of Old French palis "palisade"). In fiction, the Palliser novels are a series of six political novels by Anthony Trollope, beginning with 'Can You Forgive Her?' (1864) and ending with 'The Duke's Children' (1880), in which the Palliser family plays a central role.
PAPAMICHAEL Greek, English (Rare)
Means "Son of priest MICHAEL".
PAPPIN English (Canadian)
Southeastern Ontario, Canada. My dad and uncle are the only two I met. I was told their family background was Metis/Cree.
PARADISE English, Scottish
Nickname for someone who "lived by a park or pleasure garden".
PARDOE English
From a medieval nickname based on the Old French oath par Dieu "by God" (cf. PURDIE).
PARDY English (Modern)
English (Dorset) variant of PERDUE.
PARFITT English, Welsh
Derived from Middle English parfit meaning "perfect."
PARHAM Irish, English
This name has been used amongst the Irish and English. This user's great grandmother came from Ireland and her maiden name was Parham. However, in English (London) it is a habitational name from places in Suffolk and Sussex, named in Old English with pere ‘pear’ + ham ‘homestead’.
PARKINGTON English
Habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Partington, from Old English Peartingtun 'settlement (tun) associated with Pearta', a personal name not independently recorded.
PARKINSON English
From the name PERKIN, which is a medieval diminutive of PETER.
PARLEY English
A place name meaning "pear field" from Old English 'per' with 'lee' or 'lea' meaning a field or clearing, perhaps where land was cleared to cultivate pear trees. Therefore this name denotes someone who lived near or worked at such a location or came from a habitation associated with the name... [more]
PARMLEY English
Variant of PARLEY. This form is found more in northern England, specifically Cumberland and Durham, but is of like derivation.
PARNHAM English
English habitational name from Parnham in Beaminster, Dorset.
PARR English
Means "enclosure".
PARSLEY Medieval French, English, Norman, French
Derived from Old French passelewe "cross the water."... [more]
PARSON English
Surname given to the parson (priest).
PARTINGTON English
Habitational name from a place in Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) called Partington, from Old English Peartingtun "PEARTA's town".
PARTON English
Habitational name from any of various places called Parton; most are named with Old English peretun ‘pear orchard’. A famous bearer of the surname is Dolly Parton.
PASH English (American)
Americanized spelling of German PASCH.
PASSMORE English
Either (i) from a medieval nickname for someone who crossed marshy moorland (e.g. who lived on the opposite side of a moor, or who knew the safe paths across it); or (ii) perhaps from an alteration of Passemer, literally "cross-sea", an Anglo-Norman nickname for a seafarer... [more]
PATE English
Derives from the given name PAT(t), a short form of the personal name PATRICK from the Latin Patricius meaning "son of a noble father".
PATRICKS English
Patronymic form of Patrick.
PATTERS English
History not available.
PAULEY English, German
English: from a medieval pet form of PAUL.... [more]
PAVEY English
Either (i) from the medieval female personal name Pavia, perhaps from Old French pavie "peach"; or (ii) "person from Pavia", Italy.
PAXSON English
This surname means "son of Pack." Pack may be a survival of the Old English personal name Pacca or it may have been a Middle English personal name derived from Paschalis (meaning "relating to Easter"), the Latin form of Pascal.
PEABODY English
Probably from a nickname for a showy dresser, from Middle English pe "peacock" (see PEACOCK) and body "body, person". Alternatively it may be from the name of a Celtic tribe meaning "mountain men" from Brythonic pea "large hill, mountain" combined with Boadie, the tribe's earlier name, which meant "great man" (or simply "man") among the Briton and Cambri peoples... [more]
PEACH English (Rare)
Derived from the name of the fruit, which itself derived its name from Late Latin persica, which came from older Latin malum persicum meaning "Persian fruit."
PEARKS English
Sir Stuart Edmond Pearks (1875–1931) served as the Chief Commissioner of the North-West Frontier Province of British India from 1930 until 1931. Sourced from Wikipedia.... [more]
PEARL English
Metonymic occupational name for a trader in pearls, which in the Middle Ages were fashionable among the rich for the ornamentation of clothes, from Middle English, Old French perle (Late Latin perla).
PEARSALL English
a British surname of French origin derived from the pre-9th-century word "pourcel", which described a breeder of animals or a farmer
PEELE English
This surname was given topographically to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. A famous bearer of this surname is actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director Jordan Peele.
PEEVEY Norman, English
Means "a place with a fine view". Composed of the Old French roots beu, which means "fair" and "lovely", and voir, which means "to see".
PEGG English, Welsh
Son of "Margaret", in Old English.
PELHAM English
From the name of a place in Hertfordshire, which meant "PEOTLA's homestead" in Old English.
PELTON English
Habitational name from Pelton, a place in County Durham, named from an unattested Old English personal name Peola + tun 'farmstead', 'settlement'.
PENDARVIS English (American)
The American English spelling of the Cornish surname Pendarves. Ultimately, the surname is traced back to Pendarves Island, Cornwall.
PENDERWICK American
A family in a book series by Jeanne Birdsall.
PENDLEBURY English
Likely originated from the area Pendlebury, in the Borough of Swindon and Pendlebury in Greater Manchester. Formed from the Celtic pen meaning "hill" and burh meaning "settlement".... [more]
PENDLETON English
An Old English name meaning "overhanging settlement".
PENDRAGON English
From 'Pen Dragon' meaning head dragon or dragons head. This was the name of the king Uther Pendragon who was King Arthurs father
PENNEY English
Variant of PENNY.
PENNING English, Dutch, Low German
From early Middle English penning, Low German penning, and Middle Dutch penninc, all meaning "penny". It was used as a topographic surname or a nickname referring to tax dues of a penny.
PENNINGTON English
Habitational surname denoting someone originally from any of the various locations in England named Pennington, derived from Old English penning meaning "penny" (used as a byname or from a tribute due on the land) and tun meaning "town".
PENNYFIELD English (Rare, ?)
Probably derives from the two English words, 'Penny' and 'Field'.
PENNYWELL English
English habitational name from Pennywell in Tyne and Wear or from a similarly named lost place elsewhere.
PENNYWORTH English
From Old English pening, penig meaning "penny (the coin)" and worþ meaning "enclosure". A notable fictional bearer is Alfred Pennyworth, a DC Comics character notable for being the butler of the superhero Batman.
PENWELL English
English probably a variant of PENNYWELL.
PEPYS English
From the medieval personal name Pepis, a form of Old French PEPIN, brought into England by the Normans. It may have been based on an earlier nickname meaning "awesome"... [more]
PERCHER English
In textile mills, woven fabric coming off the mill / loom would pass over a frame, or rod, called a 'perch'. It was the job of the 'Percher' to examine the cloth for defects, and repair them when they were found... [more]
PERDUE English, Irish, French
English and Irish from Old French par Dieu ‘by God’, which was adopted in Middle English in a variety of more or less heavily altered forms. The surname represents a nickname from a favorite oath... [more]
PEREGRINE English, Popular Culture
Derived from the given name PEREGRINE. A fictional bearer is Alma LeFay Peregrine, a character from the novel "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" (2011) by Ransom Riggs.
PERHAM English
A variation of the English name PARHAM, based on the village of Parham (one in county Suffolk, another in county Sussex). From the Old English peru, meaning "pear" (the fruit), and ham, meaning "homestead".
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