Name for 17th of January- Gulliver

Contributed by Tiger-LilyFP on 4/13/2009 (
First used in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ by Jonathan Swift (published 1726) as the surname of protagonist Lemuel Gulliver.

Obscure Gaelic surname known only through its literary Travels until actor Gary Oldman used it for his son, instantly transforming it into a lively option. (

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    Bewildertrix said,

    “This interesting and ancient surname is one of three variants of Gulliver, which is of Old French origin, and is a nickname which was given to a particularly covetous or acquisitive person. The derivation is from the Old French “goulafre”, glutton. The other variants of this surname are Gulliford and Galliford”

    From a surname database.

    Glutton is not for me but I could see its appeall as a alternative to insanely popular Oliver.

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      babynamelover said,

      The glutton bit is off putting but it is a nice alternative to Oliver, I hate the nickname Ollie drives me nuts lol

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