pascal

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. French and English: from the personal name Pascal, Latin Paschalis, a derivative of pascha ‘Easter’, via Greek and Aramaic from Hebrew pesach ‘Passover’. Compare Italian Pasquale.
  2. possibly also an Americanized form of Greek Paskhalēs, which has the same origin as 1.
  3. Blaise Pascal (1623–62), the French philosopher and mathematician, was born in Clermont-Ferrand, where his father was president of the tax court.
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