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Origin and popularity of the name CARDINAL


Cardinal : 1: French and English: from Old French Middle English cardinalcardinal’ the church dignitary (Latin cardinalis originally an adjective meaning ‘crucial’). The surname was probably bestowed as a nickname on someone who habitually dressed in red or who had played the part of a cardinal in a pageant or who acted in a lordly and patronizing manner.2: English: possibly also an altered form of Carbonell. Reaney notes that Cardinal's Farm in Foxearth (Essex) is recorded as Carbonels in 1381 and Cardynals in 1577.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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