Pelikan Family History
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Pelikan Name Meaning
Czech and Slovak (Pelikán), Hungarian, and German: habitational name for someone living at a house distinguished by the sign of a pelican (Czech and Hungarian pelikán, Middle High German pellikan). The pelican was regarded as a symbol of piety in Christian tradition: the female pelican was supposed, in medieval religious folklore, to feed her young with her own blood by plucking the feathers from her breast. Consequently, the family name might be a nickname for a selfless person.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press
Similar surnames: Pelican, Spellman, Geiman, Pelka, Mellman, Pleiman, Perman, Kelman