Meaning & History
Georgian form of Greek Τορνίκιος (Tornikios) or Τορνίκης (Tornikes), the name of a prominent Byzantine family that was of Armenian or Georgian descent. The family name may be derived from Armenian թոռնիկ (tornik), a diminutive of թոռն (torn) meaning "grandchild". Usage as a given name probably began in honour of the family, a notable member of which was a saint.
Entry updated May 29, 2020