Last name origins & meanings:
- English: nickname from Middle English flo(u)r ‘flower’,
‘blossom’ (Old French flur, from Latin flos, genitive
floris). This was a conventional term of endearment in medieval
romantic poetry, and as early as the 13th century it is also regularly
found as a female personal name.
- English: metonymic occupational
name for a miller or flour merchant, or perhaps a nickname for a
pasty-faced person, from Middle English flo(u)r ‘flour’. This
is in origin the same word as in 1, with the transferred sense
‘flower, pick of the meal’. Although the two words are now felt to be
accidental homophones, they were not distinguished in spelling before
the 18th century.
- English: occupational name for an arrowsmith,
from an agent derivative of Middle English flō ‘arrow’ (Old
- Welsh: Anglicized form of the Welsh
personal name Llywarch, of unexplained origin.
- Translation of French Lafleur.
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