Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. YAWRK
  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

From an English surname that was derived from York, the name of a city in northern England. The city name was originally Eburacon, Latinized as Eboracum, meaning "yew" in Brythonic. In the Anglo-Saxon period it was corrupted to Eoforwic, as if from Old English eofor "boar" and wīc "village". This was rendered as Jórvík by the Vikings and eventually reduced to York.

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Entry updated January 21, 2022