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Origin and popularity of the name NIGHTINGALE


Nightingale : 1: English: nickname for someone with a good voice from Middle English nightegale ‘nightingale’ (Old English nihtegale from niht ‘night’ + galan ‘sing’). The bird is known as a sweet singer.2: Probably an Americanized form (translation into English) of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Nachtigall or cognates in other languages.


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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