S is for …

Another in my ad hoc series on surname origins.

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


Earliest in Andrew’s Kindred: John Scuffum, father of George, born about 1801, Pipe Hill, near Lichfield, Staffordshire. Continue reading “S 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.


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

From Old French page, page.


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

From Old French parquier, park keeper (parkie).


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

From Old French Piers or Pierre, Peter.


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.


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

From Welsh ap Howel or Hoell, son of Howel.


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.


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

Place name.


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.

Earlier Origins & DNA

Earlier origins

The generations of Dennis that I know about, including what my father told me, were characterised by red hair, blue eyes and fair skin. A more distant relative from Chesterfield tells me that his family has the same characteristics. The common ancestor would be William Dennis 1784, third great grandfather.

A quick place name study of the area of outh Derbyshire and north west Leicestershire where Henry and his forebears lived in the early nineteenth, through the eighteenth and (at least) the late seventeenth century reveals a number of settlements apparently with Danish connections, such as Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe. Further east, especially in the Wreake Valley, there are many names ending with “by” or “thorpe” or including “thor” or “knut”, which imply Danish connections. The Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names supports this:- Continue reading “Earlier Origins & DNA”