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    Here's my direct ancestral surnames that are known, a lot are patrynomic "-son" names, whilst others have Old Norse origins in their etymology. There's also plenty of occupational and locational surnames, plus some fairly rare ones like Breakell, Sconce (or Caunce/Conce) and Moxham.

    Aldridge, Allen, Allum, Alston, Anyon, Atkinson, Aughton,Bailey, Ball, Bamber, Banister, Bankcroft, Barber, Barton, Beardsworth, Beck, Benson, Bleasdale, Boyes, Bracewell, Bracken, Breakell, Brigg, Briggs, Brittain, Brogden, Brooks, Brown, Butler, Callaghan, Caton, Chapman, Clapham, Clark, Clegg, Clifton, Connolly, Cookson, Cooper, Coulburn, Crombleholme, Cross, Cummings, Dagger, Dale, Davis, Dent, Disley, Ditchfield, Dixon, Dodd, Duckworth, Duerden, Edmondson, Fisher, Freckleton, Garison, Gelderd, Gilligan, Glover, Godbold, Gorton, Gregory, Hall, Harling, Harrison, Hartley, Helm, Hesketh, Hodges, Hodgson, Holcroft, Horrage, Hulks, Hull, Humphreys, Hurly, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Keough, Kitchin, Lawrenson, Lewis, Madder, Marsden, Marsh, Marshall, Mason, Massey, Maynard, Mayor, McKenna, Medcalf, Melling, Michael, Middleton, Miller, Molyneux, Morley, Moxham, Murray, Newton, Nicholson, Norris, Parker, Parkinson, Pearce, Pearson, Pennington, Pickles, Pilkington, Proctor, Ralph, Ratcliff, Ray, Remmington, Ricketts, Riddy, Ridley, Riley, Robinson, Rogerson, Russell, Salisbury, Sawyer, Sconce, Scowcroft, Sharples, Shaw, Sherrington, Simpson, Singleton, Slater, Smith, Snailom, Southworth, Spearman, Spencer, Steward, Stokes, Stones, Storey, Sturzicar, Sullivan, Sumner, Sutton, Swarbrick, Swindlehurst,Taylor,Thraile,Tootell,Towneley, Walbank,Walton,Waring,Warner,Watkinson,Watling, Watson,Whalley,Whitby,Whitehead,Whiteside,Whittle, Wigglesworth,Wignal,Wilkinson,Willis,Wren,Wright.
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    I found it hard tracking the scandinavian links to surnames due to :

    boys having a patrynomic "-son" names, and the girls having "dotter" names.

    as an example..........I have a link with a Hokensdotter ...........daughter of Hokens
    he had a son as well, named....Hokensson

    so we have brother and sister with different surnames ...........eventually too hard to track in registries

    .................................................. .................................
    As for my surname
    It comes from Ropreto ..........( eng...Rupret)

    Mothers surname comes from a nearby town's name

    paternal Grandmother's ...........from a slang word for a bucket/pale ........originated pre year 1000, the word did not exist after this year
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    Grandfather's Mtdna .......T1a1e
    Sons Mtdna .......K1a4
    Maternal Grandfather paternal......I1d-P109...CTS6009
    Wife's Ydna .....R1a-Z282

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen1986 View Post
    Here's my direct ancestral surnames that are known, a lot are patrynomic "-son" names, whilst others have Old Norse origins in their etymology. There's also plenty of occupational and locational surnames, plus some fairly rare ones like Breakell, Sconce (or Caunce/Conce) and Moxham.

    Aldridge, Allen, Allum, Alston, Anyon, Atkinson, Aughton,Bailey, Ball, Bamber, Banister, Bankcroft, Barber, Barton, Beardsworth, Beck, Benson, Bleasdale, Boyes, Bracewell, Bracken, Breakell, Brigg, Briggs, Brittain, Brogden, Brooks, Brown, Butler, Callaghan, Caton, Chapman, Clapham, Clark, Clegg, Clifton, Connolly, Cookson, Cooper, Coulburn, Crombleholme, Cross, Cummings, Dagger, Dale, Davis, Dent, Disley, Ditchfield, Dixon, Dodd, Duckworth, Duerden, Edmondson, Fisher, Freckleton, Garison, Gelderd, Gilligan, Glover, Godbold, Gorton, Gregory, Hall, Harling, Harrison, Hartley, Helm, Hesketh, Hodges, Hodgson, Holcroft, Horrage, Hulks, Hull, Humphreys, Hurly, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Keough, Kitchin, Lawrenson, Lewis, Madder, Marsden, Marsh, Marshall, Mason, Massey, Maynard, Mayor, McKenna, Medcalf, Melling, Michael, Middleton, Miller, Molyneux, Morley, Moxham, Murray, Newton, Nicholson, Norris, Parker, Parkinson, Pearce, Pearson, Pennington, Pickles, Pilkington, Proctor, Ralph, Ratcliff, Ray, Remmington, Ricketts, Riddy, Ridley, Riley, Robinson, Rogerson, Russell, Salisbury, Sawyer, Sconce, Scowcroft, Sharples, Shaw, Sherrington, Simpson, Singleton, Slater, Smith, Snailom, Southworth, Spearman, Spencer, Steward, Stokes, Stones, Storey, Sturzicar, Sullivan, Sumner, Sutton, Swarbrick, Swindlehurst,Taylor,Thraile,Tootell,Towneley, Walbank,Walton,Waring,Warner,Watkinson,Watling, Watson,Whalley,Whitby,Whitehead,Whiteside,Whittle, Wigglesworth,Wignal,Wilkinson,Willis,Wren,Wright.

    Not that it's of any significance but we have three in common: Johnson, Russell and Whitehead.

    Here are the known ancestral surnames in my family.

    Aitken [Scotland, NY], Ash (Ashe) [GA], Bailey [VA], Barnes [NC], Biles [NC, TN, MS], Bradley [Ireland, NY], Bullock [NC, MS], Cox [AL], Dale [SC], Davis [AL, MS], Ellington [VA], Fisher [PA, SC], Fleming [SC, AL, MS], Foster [GA, MS], Gilot [France], Hoskins [VA, TN], Johnson [England, PA, Canada], Laing [Scotland], Mackie (McKie) [Ireland, NC, SC, GA], Marshall [Ireland, VA, TN, MS], McBride (McBryde) [Scotland, SC, AL, MS], McIntire (McEntire) [Ireland, GA], McMullins [NC], Mumford [NC, TN], Neal [Ireland], Offand [France, KY], Pate [TN, MS], Robbins [VA, NC, AL], Ross [Ireland, SC], Russell [AL, MS], Rutledge [TN], Spight [NC, MS], Tarascon [France, KY], Tate [Scotland, SC], Thornton [GA, MS], Townsend [England, NY], White (Lo Bianco) [Italy, NY], Whitehead [NC], Wilson [Toronto, Canada]

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    My name is of Gallic origin. It designates someone who's brisk.
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    Mine is a German occupational term.
    Generally I have no trouble working out a rough meaning or origin of my ancestral surnames.
    Two have me still looking.
    Gedrych from Wales.
    Corant/Currant/Current from Cornwall, but may be from elsewhere in England. Could possibly be associated with the first name Corin and variants as in Redgrave?
    Both are extremely rare.

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    Perhaps they were still active in the area. Another maritime one, the Cotter family (unrelated), were still making appearances all around the region back then.

    Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saetro View Post
    Mine is a German occupational term.
    Generally I have no trouble working out a rough meaning or origin of my ancestral surnames.
    Two have me still looking.
    Gedrych from Wales.
    Corant/Currant/Current from Cornwall, but may be from elsewhere in England. Could possibly be associated with the first name Corin and variants as in Redgrave?
    Both are extremely rare.
    I was curious. I'm Welsh and never heard of the name Gedrych. Seems to be concentrated in Glamorganshire. This is one version, don't know if you have seen it. John

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    My surname can be used as a first or a surname, and it was a common name in Patronymic societies. It comes from a Hebrew name.

    Recorded in over sixty spelling forms, and found throughout Christian nations, this very interesting medieval surname is of both Biblical and 12th century Crusader origins. These are confused, and like the personal name and subsequent surname Jacob, it has its origins in the Hebrew given name "Yaakov". This was Latinized in the Roman Period of history, first as Jacobus, and then in the period known as "The Dark Ages" upto the 11th century a.d., as Jacomus.
    The actual meaning of the name is also a matter for some dispute. Traditionally the name is interpreted as coming from the word "akev", meaning a heel, but has also been interpreted as "he who supplanted". Both of these meanings are influenced by the biblical story of Esau and his younger twin brother Jacob. Jacob is said to have been born holding on to Esau's heel, and took advantage of Esau's hunger to persuade him to part with his birthright "for a mess of pottage".



    Some of my more intereting East Anglican family names.

    Scowen, Cornish and Olde English surname. It is probably topographical and if so it would have described a person who was resident by a plantation of elderberry trees, or it may have been occupational for a maker of elderberry wine.

    Jowers, this surname has no hebrew influences at all, nor is it in anyway job descriptive. It derives either from the Olde English pre 7th century 'Hor' meaning 'a Lord' or 'chief' or more likely is a derivation from the Norse Viking 'Ivarr' which translates as 'hard army'. This type of compound baptismal name was very popular amongst the people of the 'dark ages' being reminiscent of the warriors tough life, and it is one of a group which have pre-Norman 1066 origins, but which were equally popular with the invaders of the time. Today it is difficult, if not impossible, to decide the origin, except to say that modern name holders who come from Wales are probably of Old Engish origins, and from anywhere else, - Viking!

    Street, English medieval surname. It can be either locational from the town of Street in the county of Somerset, or the villages of Street in Hereford or Kent, or topographical and describe a person who lived by a street or in the case of the diminutives, a small or narrow street. It derives from the Olde English pre 6th century word 'straet', meaning a paved road, although originally it may have had the specific meaning of a Roman road, all known places being situated on such roads. Straet derives from the Latin word 'strassa.' All roads before the Roman Invasion of England in the year 55 a.d, being called 'wey or way'.

    Starling, of Anglo-Saxon origin, derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "staerling", Middle English "starling" meaning starling, the bird. This is an example of that sizeable group of early European surnames that were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames. The nicknames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, supposed resemblance to an animal and bird's appearance or disposition, habits of dress, or to occupation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Stevenson View Post
    Most Stevenson's in the UK today are to be found in Nottinghamshire, where I am from. Cheers, Ade.
    May I ask where you acquired the distribution map for your name? I found maps based upon the 1881 British census on the www.forebears.com site but nothing more recent. These are the distributions for Milam, Mileham and Mylam.

    Milam Distribution 1881.jpg Mileham Distribution 1881.jpg Mylam Distribution 1881.jpg

    The name - Mileham - may have meant mill hamlet or mill house in Olde English. It's is presumed to be of Anglo-Saxon origin.
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    Really sorry but I cannot recall now nor find it again by doing a back search. I only saved it last month too.

    Cheers, Ade.

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