Last name origins & meanings:
- English: metonymic occupational name for a locksmith, from
Middle English, Old English loc ‘lock’, ‘fastening’.
- English: topographic name for someone who lived near an enclosure,
a place that could be locked, Middle English loke, Old English
loca (a derivative of loc as in 1). Middle English
loke also came to be used to denote a barrier, in particular a
barrier on a river which could be opened and closed at will, and, by
extension, a bridge. The surname may thus also have been a metonymic
occupational name for a lock-keeper.
- English, Dutch, and German: nickname for a person with fine hair, or curly hair, from Middle
English loc, Middle High German lock(e) ‘lock (of
- Americanized spelling of German
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