Death

Death
Recorded as Dart, Darte, Darthe, Death, Dearth and possibly others, this is an English surname of two possible origins. The most likely is French as shown below, but recent research has also strongly indicated an English source which may have been "overlooked" in the past possibly because of its rather mordid conclusions. We believe that for many name holders it is of early medieval English origin, and one of a sizeable group of modern surnames that were created from a theatrical nickname. In this case it was for a person who played the part of a figurative representation of "Death" in the popular medieval mystery plays. Other such names that survive today are Angel and Life. The source is the Middle English word "deeth", meaning death. A second origin is French and locational from the place called "Ath", with the fused preposition "de", in Flanders. The surname from this source has a variety of forms not just in England including D'Eath, D'Eathe, De Ath, D'Aeth, De Att and De Atta. Early examples of the surname recording include the marriage of Alicia d'Atte and John Marshall at St. Andrew's, Enfield, Middlesex, on September 9th 1562, Henry D'arthe a witness at St Botolphs Bishopgate, in the city of London, on January 6th 1608, and Willam Dart, a witness at St Dunstans in the East, Stepney, on September 6th 1626. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Gerardus de Athia. This was dated 1208, in the "Curia Regis" rolls of Gloucestershire. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Death — (d[e^]th), n. [OE. deth, dea[eth], AS. de[ a][eth]; akin to OS. d[=o][eth], D. dood, G. tod, Icel. dau[eth]i, Sw. & Dan. d[ o]d, Goth. dau[thorn]us; from a verb meaning to die. See {Die}, v. i., and cf. {Dead}.] 1. The cessation of all vital… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • death — n: a permanent cessation of all vital bodily functions: the end of life see also brain death, civil death ◇ Death is usu. defined by statute and for purposes of criminal homicide has been held to include brain death. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary… …   Law dictionary

  • death — W1S1 [deθ] n [: Old English;] 1.) a) [U] the end of the life of a person or animal ≠ ↑birth death of ▪ The death of his mother came as a tremendous shock. ▪ Cancer is the leading cause of death in women. ▪ How Danielle …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Death — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para otros usos de este término, véase Death (desambiguación). Death Información personal Origen Tampa, Florida, Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • death — [ deθ ] noun *** 1. ) count or uncount the state of being dead: It was clear that Sandra was very close to death. bleed/starve/burn etc. to death: These people will starve to death unless they receive help soon. stab/kick/beat etc. someone to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Death Jr. — Death Jr. Developer(s) Backbone Entertainment Publisher(s) Konami Platform(s …   Wikipedia

  • death — ► NOUN 1) the action or fact of dying. 2) an instance of a person or an animal dying. 3) the state of being dead. 4) the end of something. ● at death s door Cf. ↑at death s door ● …   English terms dictionary

  • death — [deth] n. [ME deth < OE dēath, akin to OS dōth, OHG tōd, ON dauthi: see DEAD] 1. the act or fact of dying; permanent ending of all life in a person, animal, or plant 2. [D ] the personification of death, usually pictured as a skeleton in a… …   English World dictionary

  • Death SS — Surnom In Death of Steve Sylvester Pays d’origine  Italie Genre musical Heavy Metal Metal Industriel Années …   Wikipédia en Français

  • death — O.E. deað death, dying, cause of death, in plura, ghosts, from P.Gmc. *dauthaz (Cf. O.S. doth, O.Fris. dath, Du. dood, O.H.G. tod, Ger. Tod, O.N. dauði, Dan. dèd, Swed. död, Goth. dauþas death ), from verbal stem …   Etymology dictionary

  • death — death; death·ful; death·in; death·less; death·like; death·li·ness; death·ling; death·ward; mega·death; death·ly; death·ful·ly; death·less·ly; death·less·ness; death·wards; …   English syllables


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