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Welcome, friend! Relax & rest awhile, if you please. I'm an ordinary girl, a follower of Christ, mama to Gabriel, & wife to Evan. Here in this little space of the online world, I share all manner of bookish things, including full content reviews, writerly snippets, encouragement for everyday life, and a whole collection of names & their meanings.

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What's in a Name? [Surname Edition]

Today I have a set of surnames for you!

Source:  Spanish vocabulary
Usage:  Spanish (Latin America)
Pronunciation:  cab-ah-YER-o

Meaning & History
Spanish word for "knight" or "gentleman."

:]  You know who you are, my girlies! Did you know your name meant this? I mean, you probably did. . . I actually came across this word in a Louis L'Amour western and had to look it up (Spanish is definitely NOT a strong point for me. . .).

Source:  Occupation
Usage:  Italian
Pronunciation:  con-TEE

Meaning & History
Simply means "count," as in the title of a nobleman, from the Old French conte.

Source:  Location
Usage:  English
Pronunciation:  de-LAYN-ee

Meaning & History
Derived from the Norman French word de l'aunaie meaning "from the alder grove."

Source:  Location
Usage:  Scottish
Pronunciation:  DAH-roh

Meaning & History
Habitational name taken from Darroch near Falkirk, in Stirlingshire, said to be named from the Gaelic darach, meaning "oak tree."


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