Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. AL-jər-nən
  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Originally a Norman French nickname, derived from aux gernons "having a moustache", which was applied to William de Percy, a companion of William the Conqueror. It was first used a given name in the 15th century (for a descendant of William de Percy). This name was borne by a character (a mouse) in the short story Flowers for Algernon (1958) and novel of the same title (1966) by the American author Daniel Keyes.

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Entry updated April 25, 2021