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The 1851 English census has 1,172 people with the surname, but only 18 with the given name.

The 1901 English census has 2,459 people with the surname, but only 27 with the given name. SemperBlotto 07:03, 16 May 2008 (UTC)


I was just wondering if Sherlock and warlock might be related, is the -lock part of the same origin? Mutante 07:13, 16 May 2008 (UTC)

no it's unrelated. "lock" as in "curl of hair" vs. -ock, a diminutive suffix. --Dbachmann 21:31, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

My question is, do we have evidence that this has ever been used as a given name at all before Doyle came up with Sherlock Holmes? We know it's a surname, and we know many surnames also end up as given names, but I have never seen evidence that this one has. --Dbachmann 21:31, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Etymology for computing sense?Edit

Why is it called that? Equinox 23:25, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Sherlock was a first-party program included with older versions of Mac OS (OS 9 and earlier versions of OS X, if I remember) which allowed users to search their computers and the web. There was a competing third-party program -- appropriately called Watson -- which did pretty much the same thing but had a few unique features. In 2002, Apple added similar features to Sherlock, thus obsoleting Watson. -Cloudcuckoolander (talk) 06:02, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
Ahh. On Windows, I remember Dr. Watson used to be a thing that produced postmortems (crash dumps). Equinox 19:49, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
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