billet

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. French and English: from a reduced form of Robillet, itself a pet form of Robert.
  2. French and English: metonymic occupational name for a carpenter, from a diminutive of Old French bille ‘piece of wood’, ‘stick’ (a word of Gaulish origin).
  3. French and English: metonymic occupational name for a secretary, from a diminutive of Old French bulle ‘letter’. This sense of billet did not become established until the 15th century, however, rather late for surname formation.
  4. French and English: metonymic occupational name for a banker or money changer, from German Billet ‘note’, ‘banknote’.
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