R is for …

Continuing my exploration of surname origins in Andrew’s Kindred.

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.

Rathbone

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  William Rathbone, born about 1793, Coventry, Warwickshire. Continue reading “R is for …”

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Nantwich: pub sign crawl

The other day I had a wander round Nantwich, Cheshire, to capture images of pub signs, with the intention of finding out a little about them.  They are in no particular order, and my list may not be comprehensive.

The Black Lion Continue reading “Nantwich: pub sign crawl”

P is for …

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.

st laurence Walton on trent
St Laurence, Walton on Trent via Geograph, copyright Bikeboy, Creative Commons.

Page

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: John Page, born about 1783, Walton-on-Trent, Derbyshire.

From Old French page, page.

Parker

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Joshua Parker, born about 1740, Forton, Shropshire.

From Old French parquier, park keeper (parkie).

Pearce

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Jemima Pearce, born about 1842, Whitwick, Leicestershire.

From Old French Piers or Pierre, Peter.

Philips

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Thomas Philips, father of Ann, born about 1610, wife of Thomas Medlicott, born about 1600, Medlicott, Shropshire.

Personal name, son of Philip.

Powell

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: William Henry Powell, born about 1865, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.

From Welsh ap Howel or Hoell, son of Howel.

Poxon

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Henry Poxon, born about 1833, Walsall, Staffordshire.

Linked to Pogson. Pog a diminutive of Margaret, therefore son of Margaret.

preston old bull
The Old Bull, Church Street, Preston, via Geograph, copyright Alexander P Kapp 2008, Creative Commons.

Preston

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Hannah Preston, born about 1839, Edial, Staffordshire.

Place name.

Price

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Harriet Price, born about 1810, Ketley, Shropshire.

From Middle English and Old French pris, price. Metonym for a fixer or setter of prices.

N is for …

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.

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St James the Great, Longdon, Staffordshire.

Neville

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  John Nevell, father of Mary Nevell, born about 1698, Longdon, Staffordshire.
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M is for …

This set of names is almost a microcosm of Andrew’s Kindred, with three direct lines, including, perhaps, the most ancient, and all but one born in my native Staffordshire or an adjacent county.

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.

Maddox

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L is for …

Based on: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.

Lamb

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  Robert & Elizabeth Lamb, parents of Joseph Lamb, born about 1831, Smethwick, Staffordshire.

A nickname from the animal, or a shortened version of Lambert.  This could be from St Lambert, venerated in Medieval Flanders, or Old English lamb and hierde, lamb-herd.

Lazenby

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Hannah Lazenby, born about 1805, Drax, Yorkshire.

From village of Lazenby, North Yorkshire (or Lazonby, Cumbria).

Lidgbird

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: John Lidgbird, born about 1830, Church Broughton, Derbyshire.

Not covered by Reaney.  I can’t find anything about this.

Littler

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: Joseph Littler, born, about 1696, Longdon, Staffordshire.

Not covered in Reaney, but from Little, perhaps to distinguish two men of the same name.  Littler ismply being the superlative.

Lunn

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  Samuel Lunn, born about 1836, Linton, Derbyshire.

A variant of the Norse lundr, for dweller by a grove.

There are several places in England, for example Lund in Lancashire, East Yorkshire, and North Yorkshire, Lunt in Merseyside, and Lound in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Suffolk.  Any of these could apply.

Lydall

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred:  Edward Henry Lydall, born 1895, Brownhills, Staffordshire.

From Liddel, Cumbria, or Roxbourghshire.

 

 

 

 

J is for …

From: Reaney, P H, (ed. Wilson, R M), 1997, Oxford Dictionary of English Surnames, 3rd ed., OUP, Oxford, unless otherwise stated.

Jackson

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: William Jackson, born about 1797, Pipe Hill, near Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Son of Jack.

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View of Lichfield from near Pipe Hill.  William would recognise the spires of St Michael (right) and the Cathedral, the Ladies of the Vale.

The cathedral is dedicated to St Mary and St Chad, who became Bishop of Mercia in 669,  when he moved the See from Repton to Lichfield.  The cathedral and city are well worth a visit.

Jobburn / Jobbern(s)

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: John Jobburn, born about 1816, Norton Canes, Staffordshire.

In the 1861 census this is mistranscribed as Iobberns.

A bit mysterious. Job is a Hebrew personal name (the man of Biblical patience). I think it may have originated in the medieval crusades. I don’t understand Reaney.

Jones

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: William and Elizabeth Jones, parents of Aaron Jones, baptised 27 Jan 1694, Measham, Derbyshire.

Reaney begins with Johannes, the route of John, and the Welsh Johns (son of John). Jones, however, is indelibly associated with Wales. Reaney says that the Welsh equivalent of John is Evan and for the Welsh Authorised Bible Ioan was chosen.  This led to the prevalence of Jones.

So, although I have traced my kindred back to Measham, there is sure to be a Welsh connection lost in the mists of time.

Judd

Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: John Judd, born about 1803, Irthlingborough, Northamptonshire.

A diminutive of Jordan, via, Jurd.