Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A baptismal or Christian name.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Millett, but the chief origin of the surname Miles is a contracted form of the common font-name Michael.

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  • Thus our name Harvey, no longer usual as a font-name, is Fr. Herod, which represents the heroic German name Herewig, to the second syllable of which belongs such an apparently insignificant name as

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  • Packman, Pakeman, and Paxman belong more probably to the font-name Pack (Chapter IX), which also appears in Paxon, either

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  • Lastly, the coalescence of John, the commonest English font-name, with Joan, the earlier form of Jane, was inevitable, while the French forms Jean and

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  • Edward I. Pim, as a female font-name, may be from Euphemia, and Siddons appears to belong to Sidonia, while the pretty name Avice appears as Avis and

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  • The name Morris has three other origins (the font-name Maurice, the nickname Moorish, and the local marsh), but both Morris and Morrison are sometimes to be referred to

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  • Arthur is a rare medieval font-name, a fact no doubt due to the sad fate of King John's nephew.

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  • Abraham, the first of which was a common medieval font-name.

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  • It would be hard to say which English font-name has given the largest number of family names.

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  • Those birds which have now assumed a font-name, such as Jack daw, Mag pie, of course occur without it as surnames, e.g. Daw and Pye --

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