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Origin and popularity of the name DEY

Origin

Dey : 1: English Scottish and Welsh: variant of Day.2: German: topographic name from a field name in North Rhine-Westphalia denoting a sizeable piece of land from Middle Low German dē ‘thigh’ (referring to the shape of the property).3: German: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name of the same origin as in 4 below.4: Dutch: variant mostly archaic or Americanized of Deij from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name possibly composed with dag ‘day’ e.g. Daegberht or with theud ‘people’ (compare Deibert).5: Indian (Bengal and Orissa) and Bangladeshi: Kayastha name probably from Sanskrit deya ‘suitable for a gift’.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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