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Meaning and Origin of: Dust

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First name origins & meanings:

  • German : Valiant fighter
  • English : Brown rock

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from Old English dūst ‘dust’, applied as a nickname, possibly for someone with a dusty complexion or hair (as, for example, a miller), or for a worthless person.
  • North German : possibly a Westphalian habitational name from a farm named with dost ‘bush’, ‘brush’. However, the word also means ‘fine dust’, ‘flour’ and may have been applied as an occupational nickname for a miller. Compare 1.