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Mgtjwl Report 20 Jan 2010 13:14

Just found this site

found the meaning of the name Lightowlers as well as names in my family

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Ladylol Pusser Cat Report 20 Jan 2010 14:36

thanks margaret will take a look xx


Jenxx Report 20 Jan 2010 18:44

Thank you
very interesting


Valerie Report 21 Jan 2010 12:54

Thank you, found a number of my names which was really interesting.



Mgtjwl Report 22 Jan 2010 19:21

Glad to be of some help


Mgtjwl Report 26 Jan 2010 01:56

thought i`d give this one last nudge


Helen1959 Report 26 Jan 2010 07:39

Just bookmarking for later.


Mgtjwl Report 19 Feb 2012 20:11

going up


Wend Report 19 Feb 2012 20:20

Mmmm, thanks, Mgtjwl, could be useful, except my main family name is not on there :-(

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~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 19 Feb 2012 20:39

Very impressed:

Recorded in the spellings of Scurrel, Scurrell, Squirl, Squirrel, and Squirrell, this is an English surname, but probably of French origins. The early medieval period around the 12th and 13th centuries saw the formation of hereditary surnames, and many of these resulted from what can best be described as nicknames. It is estimated that as much as 20% of all surnames are or were nicknames, and these resulted from supposed characteristics of the nameholder. These were often concerned with the persons occupation, as well as physical attributes or even deformities. In this case the nickname was one given to a careful or thrifty person, one who stored things away for a rainy day, although it may have been, as with Geoffrey le Esquerel, in the charters known as the "Hundred Rolls" of Suffolk, in 1275, a job description for a storekeeper or similar. The derivation is from the Olde French word "esquirel", which does mean "squirrel" and it seems that the word was probably introduced into Britain in the 7th century. Early examples of the surname recording include William Scurell of Norfolk, in the year 1230, and Peter Squirel of Yorkshire, in the Subsidy Rolls of that county in 1301. The first known recording, and one of the earliest of all surname recordings anywhere in the world, is that of Ralph Squrel, in the Assize Rolls of Warwick, in the year 1221.

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Wend Report 19 Feb 2012 20:52

OK, fluff yer tail up for that. What about your real surname, eh?

~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~  **007 1/2**

~~~Secret Red ^^ Squirrel~~~ **007 1/2** Report 19 Feb 2012 20:59

ahem, 0071/2? i'm not at liberty to say!!!


Wend Report 19 Feb 2012 21:03

Ooh, is that a bit of clue, Bond?


Mgtjwl Report 19 Nov 2013 00:35

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LadyScozz Report 19 Nov 2013 04:03

Thanks for that link mgtjwl :-)

I looked up husband's surname, and some of his ancestors were listed!

I'll probably spend the next week looking up surnames lol