Definition of connotation:
evidence (part of speech: noun)
- meaning (part of speech: noun)
As both words are found as surnames before Shakespeare's time, it is probable that they are diminutives which were felt as suited to receive a special connotation, just as a man who treats his thirst generously is vulgarly called a Lushington.- "The Romance of Names", Ernest Weekley.
- "Minor Poems by Milton", John Milton.
- "Logic, Inductive and Deductive", William Minto.