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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:09 pm

My surname is common as muck, an 'occupational surname' apparently ie thee workingth classe LOL

The Anglo-Saxon name Slater comes from when its first bearer worked as a person who covered roofs with slate. Slater is an occupational surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. Occupational
surnames were derived from the primary activity of the bearer. In the
Middle Ages, people did not generally live off of the fruits of their
labor in a particular job. Rather, they performed a specialized task,
as well as farming, for subsistence. Other occupational names were
derived from an object associated with a particular activity. This type
of surname is called a metonymic surname. This surname comes from the
Old English word esclate, which means splinter or slat.

First found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066. The earliest seat of the Slaters was at Barlborough near Chesterfield in Derbyshire,
anciently the family name was a trade name of a roofer and was
originally spelled Sclater, and this name is still used even as far
north as the Shetlands and the Orkney Islands, where their territories were in Burnes.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:12 pm

I always thought my mums maiden name was far more interesting ...

The name Threlfall arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Threlfall family lived in Lancashire, at Trelefelt.

A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and
Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of
Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and
French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several
different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include
Trelfall, Threlfall, Threlfal, Threlfel, Threlfell, Threlful,
Threlfull, Threlfield and many more.First found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat
from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Threlfall. Originally
Trelefelt, the documents of this manor have been lost, but at least it
is recorded in the Domesday Book, a census of England, initiated by Duke William of Normandy after his conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


My grans brother is a historinan (well a mining historian) but traces family trees as a sideline ... he traced another of my family names (Revil) all the way back to a little town called Clowne in Derbyshire and a mention in the Doomsday Book.



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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Tue Feb 09, 2010 12:15 pm

Mines worse...

Mine is literally from where you lived, i:e..next to a Wall, tree, church, hill etc...

Just one of the many coats of arms (depending on which area or family you came from)..



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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:52 am

Surname: Delves








This unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and is derived
from the Old English pre 7th Century "(ge)delf", digging, mine, quarry
or ditch. As a surname from this source Delf and its variant forms
Delph, Delve and Delves, may be topographical, denoting residence by
the quarry or quarries or ditch(es), or it may be a metonymic
occupational name for a miner, excavator or quarrier, from the Old
English "delfere", "delf" with the agent suffix "-er". In some cases
the modern surname may be locational in origin, from the places called
"Delph" in Yorkshire or "King's Delph" in Huntingdonshire, derived from
"delf", as before. The variant "Delves" is in cases the genitive form,
meaning "or Delph" or "of the quarry", but may also be a patronymic,
meaning "son of the miner", for instance. John Delves is recorded in
the Ancient Deeds of Staffordshire for 1376. The first recorded
spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mabel de la Delve,
which was dated 1296, in the "Sussex Subsidy Rolls", during the reign
of King Edward , known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307.
Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal
taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the
centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often
leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

John de Delves was living at Delves Hall near Uttoxeter, Staffordshire in 1303. His father was Hugo Del Delf, who was issued a writ by the King on July 26th, 1281. Details in "Records of an Old Cheshire Family" by Sir Delves L. Broughton originally published in 1908 but recently published by Mercianotes ISBN 978-1-905999-04-0.




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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:04 pm

My dad.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:06 pm

Boom, boom
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:07 pm

Bee wrote:
Boom, boom
I'm surpised Gaz didn't come out with it first.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:19 am

I don't exactly know but I know that it come's from my great, great, great, great, great grandfather's father - Lawson.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:25 pm

Indo-Aryan roots.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:52 pm

One of my ancestors was a Slocombe. I am so doomed.

Interesting enough the name is a derivitive of sloe and deep valley. Still I am doomed, I can see Gaz's smutty mind working.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:27 pm

it will be when he spots it!

Ah so you are a descendant of Mrs slocombe? I won't ask if you are being served



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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:27 pm

My surname is Mendoza, it came from the House of Mendoza in Spain although not fully member of this noble house, we are the Mendozas of the Philippines.
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PostSubject: Re: Where does your surname originate from?   Sun Mar 07, 2010 3:14 pm

dont know where exactly my name originates, but my family line is a tiny branch of the Charlemagne Family, they were responsible for the "FIRST EMPIRE", Hitler was responsible for the "THIRD EMPIRE!" (or the 3rd Reich)
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