Nightingale Name Origin, Meaning and Family History

Nightingale Name Meaning: From Middle English nighti(n)gale (Old English nihtegal, from niht ‘night’ + galan ‘sing’).

The name is of Anlgo-Saxon origin and more than likely given as a nickname, for someone with a good,sweet or harmonious voice. The most famous bearer was Florence Nightingale (1820-1910),\"the Lady of the Lamp\".

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Surname Distribution

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Name Concentrations Within England and Wales

Nightingale Surname Statistics

Top Professions for the Nightingale family

Profession Census Frequency
Scholar 993
Cotton Weaver 122
Agricultural Labourer 82
Dress Maker 42
Labourer 40
Domestic Servant 38
Coal Miner 38
Laundress 37
General Labourer 32
General Servant 32
Farm Labourer 31
Butcher 21
Carpenter 20
Annuitant 19
House Keeper 18
Joiner 18
No Occupation 17
Cotton Winder 15
Grocer 14
Charwoman 13
Tailor 13
Cotton Operative 12
Boot Maker 10
Gardener 10
Errand Boy 9

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