Last name origins & meanings:
- English and German: nickname for someone with a deformed hand
or who had lost one hand, from Middle English hand, Middle High
German hant, found in such appellations as Liebhard mit der
Hand (Augsburg 1383).
- Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname
from German Hand ‘hand’ (see 1).
- Irish: Anglicized
form of Gaelic Ó Flaithimh (see Guthrie), resulting
from an erroneous association of the Gaelic name with the Gaelic word
lámh ‘hand’. It is used as an English equivalent for several
other names of Gaelic origin too, e.g. Claffey, Glavin,
- Dutch: from a variant of
hont ‘dog’, ‘hound’, either a derogatory nickname, or a
habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the
sign of a dog.
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