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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name PAINTER


Painter : 1: English: from Middle English peintour painter peintir penter pointour (Old French peintour paintour) ‘painter of images (on walls screens shields etc.) colorist (of statues figurines chests etc.) artist’. In the Middle Ages the walls of both great and minor churches were covered with painted decorations and Reaney and Wilson note that in 1308 Hugh le Peyntour and Peter the Pavier were employed ‘making and painting the pavement’ at Saint Stephen's Chapel Westminster. The name is widespread in England.2: Americanized form of German Bender. Compare Bainter.3: Germanized or Americanized form of Slovenian Pajntar or Panjtar topographic names from the field name Pajnta or Na Pajnti which is derived from Middle High German biunt(e) ‘fenced agricultural land’ (compare German Paintner) or perhaps from Bavarian Middle High German pant ‘band’ (compare Panter 4).4: In some cases also an American shortened form (or a very rare German variant) of South German Paintner a cognate of 3 above.


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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