Fitzgerald

August 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

ORIGIN:
One of those “last names as first names” that were once a quite popular way for a mother’s maiden name to be passed on to her sons, “Fitzgerald” was an Irish surname (by way of Anglo-Norman French) meaning “son of Gerald“.

VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Um, maybe Fitzie? And any version of “Gerald”?

REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Fitzgerald Fogarty, “Lord Castlefogarty’s second son”, who Mrs. Major O’Dowd thinks George Osborne is very like, in Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray (published in 1847-48, but set in the 1810s-20s).

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