With whiskers, bearded. In Norman times, when most males had been clean-shaven, this nickname was given two mustache-wearing companions of William the Conqueror, one of whom had been William de Percy, founder associated with the aristocratic Percy family.
Name Origin: French
Name Gender: Male
masc. appropriate title, literally "with mustaches," from Old French als gernons, from a les "into the, with the" + gernon, variation of grenon "mustache," from Vulgar Latin *granonem, from a Germanic resource (compare Old English granu "mustache").
Successive discoveries gradually revealed the world of extinct Reptilia; in 1821 Charles Konig (1784-1851), the first keeper of the mineralogical collection in the British Museum, described Ichthyosaurus from the Jurassic; in the same year William Daniel Conybeare (1787-1857) described Plesiosaurus; and a year later (1822) Mosasaurus; in 1824 William Buckland described the great carnivorous dinosaur Megalosaurus; while Gideon Algernon Mantell (1790--1852) in 1848 announced the discovery of Iguanodon.