Origins of English Family Names
Scrabq on 02/23/2010
|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.
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