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Meaning and Origin of: North

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : From the north

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : topographic name, from Middle English north ‘north’, for someone who lived in the northern part of a village or to the north of a main settlement (compare Norrington 1), or a regional name for someone who had migrated from the north. Compare Norris 1.
  • Irish : regional name for someone from Ulster, the northern area of Ireland, in part as an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Ultaigh (see McNulty) or (in Westmeath) of Ultach.
  • German : from a short form of a Germanic personal name composed with a cognate of Old High German nord ‘north’.

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