Origin of by-name
Examples from the Web for by-name
He was a capital comic actor, and owed his by-name to his success in playing Dicky, in the "Constant Couple."Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 1 of 3)|John Doran
It was not so; and the by-name by which I went behind my back confirmed it.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
JACK, a word with a great variety of meanings and applications, all traceable to the common use of the word as a by-name of a man.
His daughter was named Steinvor, a pretty girl and well set up; her by-name was Slim-ankles.
He is styled King of the Gipsies, but the country-people call him “Terrible,” for a by-name.A History of the Gipsies|Walter Simson