Last name: DOLPHIN

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DOLPHIN : This last name is indexed 21,230 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

DOLPHIN : English: from the Middle English personal name Dolfin apparently from an Anglo-Scandinavian formation Dólgfinnr (possibly from Old Norse dolgr dólgr ‘mortal enemy’ + the ethnic name Finnr) but there is disagreement about whether or not this might be a Scandinavianized form of Old French Delfin (from Latin Delphinus from the word meaning ‘dolphin’). The surname was taken to Ireland at the time of the Anglo-Norman invasion in the 12th century and the original bearers of the name settled in County Galway. The family became bilingual and the name has sometimes been Gaelicized as Doilfin.

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