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Meaning and Origin of: Lake

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Body of water
  • English : Tranquil water

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (chiefly West Country) : topographic name for someone who lived by a stream, Old English lacu, or a habitational name from a place named with this word, for example in Wiltshire and Devon. Modern English lake (Middle English lake) is only distantly related, if at all; it comes via Old French from Latin lacus. This meaning, which ousted the native sense, came too late to be found as a place name element, but may lie behind some examples of the surname.
  • Part translation of French Beaulac.

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