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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By George!

Howdles Lane is named for George Howdle, who was proprietor of houses in in 1861.  But who was George?  Where did he come from?  And how did he end up in an obscure lane off Watling Street, Brownhills?  George is also related to my Dennis kindred.

In George the Eponymous I wrote: Continue reading “By George!”

Mary, Mary, quite contrary

Thanks to the General Register Office (GRO) continuing its trial for supplying PDF versions of entries of birth, marriage and death, I was able to solve a mystery, but not the one I expected. Continue reading “Mary, Mary, quite contrary”

Q is for …

… more questions than answers.

Well, there are 3,658 persons in Andrew’s Kindred, my family tree, or “hedgerow”, but none has a family name beginning with “Q”.  Nor, even, a first name beginning with “Q”.  And there is no royalty, so none of our queens is featured. Continue reading “Q is for …”

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.

Getting the builders in

Here is the next (short) section of my exploration of the history of my old house and surroundings in Howdles Lane. The series begins here.

deeds 28 p5 crop
Extract from page 5 of the conveyance of 28 Howdles Lane to my father.

Continue reading “Getting the builders in”

Strange marriage

What is the likelihood of two couples with identical names being married in the same quarter?  Well, I guess if they were John Smith and Mary Jones it would not be such a surprise,  but in this case they were Josiah Cooper and Edith Maria Birch. Continue reading “Strange marriage”