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Origin and popularity of the name PROVOST


Provost : 1: French: northern and western variant of Prévost (see Prevost) and in North America (also) an altered form of this (compare 2 below).2: English: occupational name from Middle English provost provest proust ‘provost steward representative’ (Old English prafost) also used for the head of a religious chapter or educational establishment or since such officials were usually clergy and celibate a nickname for a self-important person.


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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