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Nequam Surname Origin

(Origin Latin) Dishonest, lazy. Alexander Nequam, of St. Albans, wishing to devote himself to a monastic life, in the abbey of his native town, applied to the ruler of that establishment for admission. The abbot's reply was thus laconically expressed: 'Si bonus sis, venias, si Nequam, nequaquam.' If good, you may come; if wicked, by no means. It is said he changed his name to Neckham, and was admitted into the fraternity.

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

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