First name origins & meanings:
- German: Valiant fighter
- English: Brown rock
First name variations: Dunston
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Old English dūst ‘dust’, applied as a
nickname, possibly for someone with a dusty complexion or hair (as,
for example, a miller), or for a worthless person.
German: possibly a Westphalian habitational name from a farm named
with dost ‘bush’, ‘brush’. However, the word also means ‘fine
dust’, ‘flour’ and may have been applied as an occupational nickname
for a miller. Compare 1.
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