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Origin and popularity of the name MAJOR

Origin

Major : 1: English (of Norman origin): from the personal name Malg(i)er Maug(i)er an Old French form of ancient Germanic Madalgar(i) (see Mauger).2: Hungarian: from a shortened form of majorosgazda (see Majoros) or a derivative of German Meyer.3: Polish Czech and Slovak: from the military rank major (derived from Latin maior ‘greater’) a word related to English mayor and the German surname Meyer.4: Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): from a variant of the personal name Meyer (see Meyer 2).5: French (Occitan): from majormajor’ (from Latin maior ‘greater’) denoting a prominent or important person such as a mayor or the first-born son of a family.6: French Canadian: from majormajor’ used as a soldier's name (originally in the form Le Major).7: Americanized form of French and Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey) Mauger a cognate of 1 above.

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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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