First name origin & meaning:
Greek: Another name for Athena, goddess of the arts, goddess of wisdom
Last name origins & meanings:
- German (of Slavic origin): from a pet form of the personal name
Pavel or Paweł, respectively the Czech and Polish
forms of Paul, or from a Sorbian cognate.
- German (of Slavic
origin): nickname for a small man, from Slavic palac
- Irish: MacLysaght ascribes the origin of this surname in
Ireland to the arrival there in the 15th century of a Lombard family
of bankers named de Palatio.
- English: from Old
French palis, paleis ‘palisade’, ‘fence’, hence a
topographic name for someone who lived by a palisade or a metonymic
occupational name for a maker of fences.
- English: possibly a
metonymic occupational name for someone who worked at a palace
(bishop’s, archbishop’s, or royal), from Old French, Middle English
- English: metonymic occupational name
for a worker at a straw stack, from Old French paille ‘straw’ +
Middle English hous ‘house’.
- Greek: ornamental name
or nickname from Albanian pallë ‘sword’.
(Pallàs): variant spelling of Pallars, a regional
name from the Catalan district of Pallars, in the Pyrenees.
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