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To-name, n. Also: twname, too-name. [ME toname (c1200), OE tó-nama, MLG toname. Also in the later dial. (SND, s.v. Tae adv. 2 (14)).] A nickname, assumed name, alias or cognomen. a1585 Maitland in Maitl. Q. 7/32.
Thay thefis … Ilk ane of thame hes ane to name Will of the lawis, Hab of the schawis
1592 Warrender P. (SHS) II 196.
The erle of Angus wes callit Williame Achesone … and the erle of Huntlie callit George Harwye be thair twnames
1592–3 Calderwood V 229.
Declared, that this Thomas Forbesse is himself, and is his owne tooname
16.. Hist. Kennedy 5.
He wes callit ‘Alschunder Dalgour’, to ane to-name
1682 Irvine Nomenclatura 194.
Hot-spur, 'tis a too-name given to one of the Earls of Northumberland; for his hasty motions on horse-back
1698 Fam. Innes 5.
Wher ther were no surnames, he might have had that as a too-name

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