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Origin and popularity of the name LAZAR


Lazar : 1: Jewish Assyrian/Chaldean German Czech Slovenian and Croatian; Polish (also Łazar); Slovak (also Lazár and Lázár); Hungarian (Lázár); Romanian (Lazăr): from a Biblical personal name of Aramaic origin a shortened form of the Hebrew name Elazar composed of the elements El ‘God’ + azar ‘help’ and meaning ‘may God help him’ or ‘God has helped (i.e. by granting a son)’. This was established in central Europe as a Jewish name but was also popular among Christians because it is recorded in the New Testament. Lazaros is the New Testament Greek form of the name of the brother of Martha and Mary who was restored to life by Christ (John 11: 1–44). As a non-Jewish name it was also used as a nickname for a beggar or an outcast leper; this use arises from the parable of Dives and Lazarus (Luke 16: 19–31). In North America this surname has also absorbed various other European cognates and their derivatives e.g. Albanian Lazri Lazëri and Llazari (from the personal names Lazër and Llazar; see Lazer) Greek patronymics like Lazarakis Lazaridis and Lazaropoulos Serbian patronymic Lazarević (see Lazarevic).2: Slovenian: from lazar a topographic name for someone who lived in an area of cleared woodland itself derived from laz ‘cleared woodland’. Compare Austrian German and Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) Lasser 3 and Loser 3 and also Lazzari 2.


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

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