This section of names provides background information about selected families.
Every family has origins in terms of their family name, where the family originated geographically, who they were and how a family then developed over the decades and even centuries.
Family names may have been created and modified over hundreds of years - click on this bar to reveal some examples [and to clsoe it]:
Until individuals were taxed the majority of people did not have a need for a surname. They lived locally all their lives and everyone knew them by their common name. Once taxation was administered the personal name identifier had to be unambiguous over a much wider area than a village or working estate.
The source of most surnames can be assigned to one of four main types:
[a] See an extensive list of name affixes from wikipedia HERE
We are unlikely to ever be able to unearth much of that information beyond the 18thC because records do not exlst or are sufficiently authoritative.
The names pages (see listings below) document what we currently do know about a particular family, where they lived, who the individuals were, the partners and what they did for a living.
Earlier than the 19thC we have to search parish registers - which are poor in terms of being able to check that an entry is the one you are looking for.
Please refer to the Resources pages for more background on records.
On the Names Selection page you can select one of the displayed family names to find out more about their background.
Date: April 2022
Last Updated: v1.01 | 2022-02-20 17:00
Status: To be finalised
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