Anglo-French fitz, from Old French fils, from Latin filius "son of" (see filial); used regularly in official rolls and hence the first element of many modern surnames; in later times used of illegitimate issue of royalty.

Nearby words

  1. fitting,
  2. fitting room,
  3. fittingly,
  4. fittipaldi,
  5. fittonia,
  6. fitzgerald,
  7. fitzgerald contraction,
  8. fitzgerald, edward,
  9. fitzgerald, ella,
  10. fitzgerald, f. scott

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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