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Origins of English Family Names



scrabqScrabq on 02/23/2010

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OriginsofEnglishFamilyNames Photo At first, people in villages had only one name but as populations grew it became necessary to distinguish between the various people with the same first name. Family names were invented and so the children of John received a given name and the family name Johnson (son of John). In Scotland the prefix Fitz- denoted "son of" so we have Fitzwilliam, Fitzgerald etc.

At other times, families were given a name describing where they lived - Waters or Townsend. Another way of distinguishing people was for they work they did.

That is what this quiz will be about. I shall describe the employment of a person and you are to choose the family name that they would have been given.

Enjoy!
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Comments (11)
bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4)
Sun, 18th Apr '10 5:59 PM

What a great quiz! I have often pondered on the origins of names....thanks for the enlightenment!
~Bev


oldprop
Oldprop  (Level: 179.7)
Sat, 13th Mar '10 3:38 PM

Good fun. Clues are both brief and clear.


ellensays
Ellensays  (Level: 125.6)
Sat, 13th Mar '10 12:43 PM

I loved this! How about the name "Pinkham" or "Adams"? Is
either of those easy to figure out? I think "Pinkham" means
something about someone who sews from a certain hamlet.
Thanks so much for the fun. Ellen


kiki212
Kiki212  (Level: 1.4)
Sun, 28th Feb '10 6:04 PM

i did not read that passege


ninajayne
Ninajayne  (Level: 54.1)
Wed, 24th Feb '10 6:40 PM

good quiz








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