Previous Names of the Day

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.

APOLLO   m   Greek Mythology (Latinized) Jul 20th
From Greek Απολλων (Apollon), which is of unknown meaning, though perhaps related to Indo-European *apelo "strength". Another theory states that Apollo can be equated with Appaliunas, an Anatolian god whose name possibly means "father lion" or "father light".

HIDEYOSHI   m   Japanese Jul 19th
From Japanese 秀 (hide) "esteem, excellence" combined with 良 (yoshi) "good" or 吉 (yoshi) "good luck". Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Hideyoshi 秀吉 being his given name) was a 16th-century daimyo who unified Japan and attempted to conquer Korea.

GLORIA   f   English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Polish Jul 18th
Means "glory" in Latin. The name (first?) appeared in E. D. E. N. Southworth's novel 'Gloria' (1891) and subsequently in George Bernard Shaw's play 'You Never Can Tell' (1898). It was popularized in the early 20th century by American actress Gloria Swanson (1899-1983).