Last name origins & meanings:
- English and French: from a medieval personal name (Latin
Vincentius, a derivative of vincens, genitive
vincentis, present participle of vincere ‘to
conquer’). The name was borne by a 3rd-century Spanish martyr widely
venerated in the Middle Ages and by a 5th-century monk and writer of
Lérins, as well as various other early saints. In eastern Europe
the name became popular in honor of Wincenty Kadłubek (died 1223),
a bishop of Kraków and an early chronicler.
- Irish: the English
surname has been established in the south of Ireland since the 17th
century, and has also been adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic
Mac Dhuibhinse ‘son of the dark man of the island’.
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