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Sue (Sylvia Z )

Sue (Sylvia Z ) Report 21 Jul 2004 18:33

Leigh, Thanks for trying. I have since found out that PLAGER was originally von something and Anglicised after WW1. Thanks again. Sue


Leigh Report 23 Jul 2004 21:43

Hello! Sharon No LAMPLOUGH or PEXTON, sorry about that. Jackie PARFREY/PALFREY/PALFERY/PARFFREY: Hunfridus Palefrie 1148 (Hampshire). Old French ‘palefrei’ ‘saddle horse, palfrey’, by metonymy for PALFREYMAN. But, no GISFORD, sorry. Nicola DELANEY/DELANY/DE LAUNAY/DELAUNEY: variant ‘DANDO’: William de Alno 1086, Domesday Book (Suffolk). The Somerset family of ‘DANDO’ came from Aunou (Orne) and has left its name in Compton Dando. The surname may also derive from Aunay (Calvados, Eure-et-Loire, Seine-et-Oise, etc) or Laulne (La Manche), from Latin ‘alnetum’, French ‘aunaie’ ‘alder grove’. THORP/THORPE/THARP: William de Torp 1158 (Northumberland). From one of the numerous places named Thorp(e) or from residence in a hamlet or outlying dairy farm. Old English ‘porp’. Robin SEATON/SETON: Adam de Seton 1194-1214. From Seaton (Cumb, Devon, Durham, Northumb, Rutland, ER/NR Yorks), or dweller by the plantation or the cultivated land. Old English ‘seten’. Occasionally a personal name may be involved. No DADSWELL, sorry. But, there was DADDS, ‘a variant of DOD, with vowel unrounded’. FLETCHER: Robert le Flecher 1203. Old French ‘flechier, flecher’ ‘maker or seller of arrows’. Cheers all! Leigh


Donald Report 23 Jul 2004 23:03

Hi Leigh, Many thanks for having a look for me - it's much appreciated. Jackie


Mary Report 24 Jul 2004 13:43

Can you find the name Eida for me ? Not sure if it's a shortened version of something else. Thanks Mary


Sharon Report 24 Jul 2004 21:28

Hello Leigh Thank you for taking the time to look for me. Sharon Pexton


Angela Report 27 Jul 2004 14:00

hi leigh could you please look up darren clayton and angela freeman thanks leigh angie


Caroline Report 27 Jul 2004 14:24

Hi Wondered if you would have a look for some names for me McLeish Father's Name Wilde Mother's Maiden Name Ducker My Married Name Strawson Mother in Law's Maiden Name Thanks in anticpation Caroline


CelticShiv Report 27 Jul 2004 18:34

Can you look up the following surnames for me Littlejohns Michelin thanks in advance, SIobhan


Shirlock Report 27 Jul 2004 20:09

Hello Leigh Please could you see if the surname BONEHILL is there Thanks Shirley


Leigh Report 28 Jul 2004 21:07

Hello Christina KNOWLER/KNOWLDER/KNOWLMAN: John, Walter le Knoller 1296 (Sussex). Found side by side with ‘atte Knowle, variant ‘Knoll’ – ‘Dweller at the top of a hill’. SPELLMAN/SPELMAN: John Speleman 1273, Nottinghamshire. Old Eng. ‘spell’ ‘discourse, homily, story’ and ‘mann’, equivalent to SPELLAR. Variant also SPILLMAN. SPELLER/SPELLAR: ‘to speak , discourse’, a speaker, preacher or a professional story teller. RIGDEN: Richard Rikedoun 1317, Kent. Looks like a place name, but none of similar form are found. Ricardun is a diminutive of Ricard (Richard). The –ar-, being unaccented, was weakened to –e- and then lost, giving Ricdun. This, with partial assimilation, would become ‘RIGDEN’. No WHITNALL, sorry. Mary EIDA - not mentioned. Could it be a variation of: ADA (f): English of uncertain origin, apparently not generally bestowed before the late 18th Century. In part, this is a pet form of ADELE or ADELAIDE, and so it may go back to a Germanic female personal name, a short form of various compound names with the first element ‘adal’ noble. Ada was the name of a 7th Century abbess of Saint Julien des Pres at Le Mans. Alternatively, it may represent a variant of ADAH. ADAH (f): Biblical: Authorised version spelling of the name (meaning ‘adornment’ in Hebrew) borne by the wives of Lamech (Genesis 4: 19) and Esau ( Genesis 36: 2). Christina Hmmmmm, I would like to be able to say yes! There are plenty of feminine variations of William mentioned, from Wilmette to Willa, but unfortunately no mention of Welmouth or Wilmuth! Sorry! Angela DARREN (m): English: recently coined name of uncertain derivation. It may well have been an arbitrary coinage, or from a surname (of obscure origin). It seems to have been first borne by the American actor Darren McGavin b. 1922. It came to the attention of the public as the name of a character in ‘Bewitched’. CLAYTON: Jordan de Claiton 1191, Chesire/Yorkshire. From Clayton (Lancs, Staffs, Sussex, WR Yorks). ANGELA (f): English and Italian: from Church Latin, feminine form of the male name ‘Angelus’, which is from New Testament Greek ‘angelos’ ‘angel’, which meant ‘messenger’ in classical Greek. It has been in use in Britain and America from the 18th Century. FREEMAN/FRIMAN/FRYMAN: Freman Sceil 1188, Essex. Old Eng. ‘freomann, frigmann’ ‘ freeman’, ‘free born man’, used also as a personal name. That’s all for tonight! See you soon Leigh


Twinkle Report 29 Jul 2004 11:39

Hi Leigh, thanks for the look-up.

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}((((*> Jeanette The Haddock <*)))){ Report 29 Jul 2004 11:55

Hi Leigh Could you have a look for these names for me please. Greenley/Greenlay/Greenly Nellis/Nellist Thanks jeanette


Unknown Report 29 Jul 2004 12:00

Leigh Could you look up surnames: LEDGER and HIGHO (Highhoe or other variants) First names - Zalig/Zelig and Letitia Many thanks. Helen


Susan Report 29 Jul 2004 12:48

Leigh. Could you try a couple of names I have never been able to find for me please? Surname CLOUDER. and christian name CASMI. Thank you very much. Regards Sue.


Debbi Report 29 Jul 2004 16:31

EMERY please Many Thanks Debbi xxx


Susanne Report 30 Jul 2004 21:41

nudge for Karen

karen in the new forest

karen in the new forest Report 30 Jul 2004 21:48

hi can you please look up extence for me i found this surname on my husbands side her name was anne extence and came from gillingham in dorset. thanks karen


KM1978 Report 30 Jul 2004 22:26

hi i would be really gratefull if you could please look up the surname kio im not sure about the spelling thanks a lot


Cynthia Report 30 Jul 2004 22:58

Hi Leigh, Thank you for your kind offer. The surnames that i am interested in are: Bradley Charlesworth Heard Lamb Langham Matley Mansfield Raynor/Rayner Summer Many thanks Cynthia


Leigh Report 30 Jul 2004 23:05

Good Evening! Caroline MCLEISH – Doesn’t seem to be in the book! Odd! It seems to have every other Mac/Mc that you can think of! Is it Irish rather than Scottish? Have to say, I’m not sure and a bit puzzled! WILDE (and many variations): Uluricus Wilde 1066 (Domesday Book), Lincolnshire. Old Eng. ‘wilde’ ‘wild, violent’. Or ‘dweller by the waste, uncultivated land’ from old Eng ‘wilde’ ‘wild, waste’, used as a noun. DUCKER/DUKER: Philip Duker 1365, Yorkshire. Middle Eng. ‘dokare,douker’ ‘a bather’ or ‘a diving bird’. No STRAWSON, sorry. Siobhan LITTLEJOHNS/LITTLEJOHN/LITTELJOHN: Litel Jon 1350, Colchester. ‘Little John’, often no doubt for a giant. No MICHELIN. Think that it is French. Shirley Sorry no BONEHILL. Jeanette GREENLEY/GREENLY/GRINDLAY/GRINDLEY/GRINLEY: William de Grenlay 1275, Nottinghamshire. From Little Gringley (Notts), Grindley (Staffs) or residence near a green clearing. No NELLIS/NELLIST, sorry. Helen LEDGER/LEGER: Leodegar 1192, Hampshire. Old French ‘Legier’, old German ‘Leodegar’ ‘people spear’, common throughout France and Normandy through the memory of St Leger, a 7th Century bishop. HIGHO/HEYO/HAYHOE/HAYHOW/HEIGHO: John Heyhowe, Hihoo 1524 (Suffolk). ‘Dweller by the high ridge’, old Eng ‘heah, hoh’. ZELIG (m) Jewish: variant of SELIG. From the Yiddish vocabulary word ‘selig’ ‘happy, fortunate’. LAETITIA (f) Original Latin form of LETTICE. Susan No CLOUDER, but… CLOUDE meaning ‘dweller by the rock or hill’. Old Eng. ‘clud’ ‘mass of rock, hill’. No CASMI either but… CASIMIR (m) Anglicized spelling of Polish KAZIMIERZ, derived KAZIC to destroy and the old Slavonic element MERI great, famous. This was a traditional name of Polish kings in the Middle Ages. Debbie EMERY/AMERY (and many variants): Amalricus 1086 (Domesday Book). Emery de Roche Chaward 1269. From old German ‘amalric’ ‘work-rule’. Night night! Leigh ;-}