Previous Names of the Day

VESPASIAN   m   History Jul 27th
From the Roman cognomen Vespasianus, derived either from Latin vesper meaning "west" or "evening" or vespa meaning "wasp". This was the name of a 1st-century Roman emperor, Titus Flavius Vespasianus, the founder of the Flavian dynasty.

CASSANDRA   f   English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Greek Mythology (Latinized) Jul 26th
From the Greek Κασσανδρα (Kassandra), which possibly meant "shining upon man", derived from κεκασμαι (kekasmai) "to shine" and ανηρ (aner) "man" (genitive ανδρος). In Greek myth Cassandra was a Trojan princess, the daughter of Priam and Hecuba.

PASCAL   m   French, German, Dutch Jul 25th
From the Late Latin name Paschalis, which meant "relating to Easter" from Latin Pascha "Easter", which was in turn from Hebrew פֶּסַח (pesach) "Passover". Passover is the ancient Hebrew holiday celebrating the liberation from Egypt.

PRISCA   f   Biblical, Dutch, Ancient Roman, Biblical Latin Jul 24th
Feminine form of Priscus, a Roman family name which meant "ancient" in Latin. This name appears in the epistles in the New Testament, referring to Priscilla the wife of Aquila.

IZZ AL-DIN   m   Arabic Jul 23rd
Means "glory of religion", derived from Arabic عزّ ('izz) "glory, power" and دين (din) "religion". In the 13th century Izz-al-Din Aybak became the first Mamluk ruler of Egypt. The Mamluks were a warrior caste who were originally slaves.

VASCO   m   Spanish, Portuguese, Italian Jul 22nd
From the medieval Spanish name Velasco which possibly meant "crow" in Basque. A famous bearer was the 15th-century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, the first person to sail from Europe around Africa to India.

MARGARET   f   English Jul 21st
Derived from Latin Margarita, which was from Greek μαργαριτης (margarites) meaning "pearl", probably ultimately a borrowing from Sanskrit मञ्यरी (manyari). Saint Margaret, the patron of expectant mothers, was martyred at Antioch in the 4th century.