Boy name origins & meanings
- Middle English : Island dweller
Family name origins & meanings
- English (southeastern) : topographic name arising from a misdivision of Middle English atten (e)ye which means either ‘at the river’ or ‘at the island’, from Old English ēa ‘river’ andēg ‘island’ respectively. Both these words were feminine in Old English, and so should have been preceded only by Middle Englishatter (see Rye), but distinctions of gender ceased to be carefully maintained in the Middle English period.