One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally called; born (used in giving a married woman's maiden name after her surname)‘Mary Toogood, née Johnson’
born, formerly, previouslyView synonyms
- ‘The death took place recently in Manchester of Mrs. Nan Kingston, née Taylor, formerly of Chatsworth.’
- ‘The death has occurred in London of May Gilroy, nee Wynne, formerly of Castlecawley.’
- ‘Nora, nee Conway, was born in Kilnock, Brickens and emigrated to America in her young years.’
- ‘His wife Attracta O'Malley, nee Moffitt, was born and raised in Charlestown.’
- ‘Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester, nee Goulden, and married Richard Pankhurst.’
- ‘Lelila is granddaughter of Agnes McNicholas, nee Timlin, formerly of Toneybane, Knockmore.’
- ‘The death has taken place in Dublin of Agnes Comer, nee Gallagher formerly of Lakefield.’
- ‘The death has occurred in Nottingham of Mrs Margaret Kirwan, nee O'Connor, formerly of Corner House, Swinford.’
- ‘The death has taken place in England of Margaret Smart, nee McNulty, formerly of Bunacurry.’
- ‘Anna Zemankova, nee Vesela, was born August 23, 1908 in Olomouc, Moravia.’
Mid 18th century: French, literally ‘born’, feminine past participle of naître; compare with né.
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