Chance

Chance comes from an English word in reference to something that happens randomly or by luck or the probability of something happening. It comes from Old French chance (fortune, luck, accident) via Vulgar Latin *cadentia (that which is falling) from Latin cadens (falling) deriving from PIE *ḱh₂d- (to fall). Chance is also an English surname deriving from the origin above. Chance could…

Baylor

Baylor comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: either a variant spelling of Bailor, which comes from a legal term meaning “one who delivers goods”, referring to someone who transferred property to another person (bailee) for safekeeping, from Old French bailler (to deliver, hand over) ultimately derived from Latin bāiulus (one who bears a burden; porter, carrier); it could…

Bailey

Bailey is a unisex given name which comes from an English surname with several possible meanings: it’s an occupational surname meaning “bailiff”, referring to someone who was an officer of the court, similar to a sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy in charge with keeping order; it derives from Latin bāiulus (carrier, porter; manager, steward); it also…

Porter

Porter comes from an English surname meaning “gatekeeper, doorkeeper” from Old French portier via Latin porta meaning “gate”; it was an occupational name for someone who was a gatekeeper of a town or a large house. Porter could also refer to someone who carried loads for a living with their own strength rather than a cart or a horse,…