Last name origins & meanings:
- Jewish: from a Hebrew Biblical personal name, etymologically
related to that of the Babylonian god Marduk. Mordecai was the
name of a captive Jew in the palace of the Persian king Ahasuerus; he
was guardian to his orphaned cousin Esther, who became Ahasuerus’s
queen and saved the Jews in his kingdom from threatened destruction
(as recorded in the Old Testament Book of Esther).
- Welsh: from the Biblical personal name (see 1).
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