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THE ORIGIN OF NAMES

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DANIEL
Daniel Robert
Blundell 1982 - to date
Old Testament name meaning ‘God is my Judge’ in Hebrew, borne by the prophet whose story is told in the Book of Daniel. He was an Israelite slave of the Assyrian King Nebuchadnezzar, who obtained great favour through his skill at interpreting dreams and the ‘writing on the wall’. His enemies managed to cast him in the lions’ den but he was saved by God. This was a favourite tale in the Middle Ages.

DAWN
Katharine Dawn
Harding 1988 - to date
From the English word for daybreak.

DOROTHY
Evelyn Dorothy Klitz 1919 - to date
English form of Dorothea. Not used before the 16th Century.

DOUGLAS
Douglas Lester
Green 1986 - to date
From the Scottish surname of one of the most powerful families in Scotland, earls of Douglas and of Angus. It was originally a local name, from a place named with Gaelic elements meaning ‘black’, ‘dark’ and ‘water’.

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