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The Crazy History Of Walt Disney's Surname

The Crazy History Of Walt Disney's Surname

Today, Disney has grown so popular that the word itself sometimes escapes its source: the animator Walt Disney, who gave his name to his media franchise. But where did his family's name come from? Watch the video here for the fascinating history of the Disney surname.

Disney — today, it's a name familiar to us all.

That's thanks to animation genius Walt Disney and his world-famous media franchise. But where did the surname "Disney" ever come from? And why is it rare to actually meet a Disney?

The Crazy History Of Walt Disney's Surname

It turns out the Disney family name traces back through several European countries and connects to a monumental event in history. But it didn't simply begin as "Disney."

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The Crazy History Of Walt Disney's Surname

Watch the video above to learn the origin of the name Disney and how it all traces back to a small town in France. You can also test your knowledge of Disney movies here.