Origin of Your Surname
Origin & Meanings
- The son of Nab. Nab, the summit of a mountain or rock. The son of the Abbot. Nab, Persic, a chief; a prince.
- (British.) A strong man; from Ar (Lat. vir), a man, and thor, strong. In the Gaelic, Air is the same as Fear, a man; and the ancient Scythians called a man Aior. Thor was the Jupiter of the Teutonic races, their god of thunder. In Welsh, Arth is a bear, an emblem of strength and courage, and ur a noun termination, a man. Arthur, a bear-man, a hero, a man of strength; the name of a British prince.
- Local. A name given to a native of Flanders, a County or Earldom of the Low Countries, or Netherlands. It took its name either from Flandrina, the wife of Liderick II, Prince of Buc, or from Flambert, the nephew of Clodion, King of France.
- This family, according to tradition, descended from Bartholomew de Leslyn, a noble Hungarian, who came to Scotland with Queen Margaret, about the year 1067. He was the son of Walter de Leslyn, who had assumed this surnamefrom the castle of Leslyn, in Hungary, where he was born. Bartholomew being in great favor with Malcom Canmore, obtained from that prince grants of several lands in Aberdeenshire, which it is said he called Leslyn, after his own surname. Malcom de Leslyn., who succeeded him, was the progenitor of all the Leslies in Scotland. Robert Verstegan, in his Antiquities, remarks on the word ley: A combat having taken place in Scotland between a noble of the family of Leslie and a foreign knight, in which the Scot was victorious, the following Unes in memory of tho deed, and the place where it happened, are still extant: Between the Less-Ley and the Mair, He slew the knight and left him there. The name may be derived from Lesslo, a maritime territory in Denmark.
- One Macchus, in the eleventh century, obtained lands, on the Tweed, in Scotland, from Prince David, to which he gave the name of Macchus-ville, since corrupted to Maxwell. Maxwell is Macsual, in Gaelic, from Mac, Son, and sual, small, little.
- Local. From the ancient town of Ludlow, in North Wales. Llud, in Welsh, signifies whatever connects or keeps together, the same as caw. Llud, a prince of the Britons, a commander; Welsh, Lhywydd, and lowe.
- (Celtic.) The son of the chariot; first given, it is said, to a prince of Leinster who happened to be born in a chariot, while his mother was going on a journey.
- In the Persic, signifies a chief, a prince. Nab, English, the summit of a mountain, the top.
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