Sherlock

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Supposedly from an Old English scir-lock "bright-lock". One of a group of surnames originally denoting hair colour, parallel to Blacklock, Harlock (har "grey"), Silverlock.

Proper nounEdit

Sherlock

  1. An English surname
  2. A rare male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. (humorous) A detective (from Sherlock Holmes), especially used ironically to address somebody who has stated the obvious.

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See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Percy Hide Reaney, The Origin of English Surnames, Percy Hide Reaney, Routledge, 1967, p. 235
Last modified on 21 March 2014, at 21:21