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Medieval Names - The introduction of Surnames
The introduction of Surnames in England. In the 13th century almost one third of the men in England were called either John, Richard or William. This obviously started to cause considerable confusion when people started to move away from their own villages. To ease the situation people were referred to as William the son of Robert which lead to the surname of Robertson. Alternatively William could also be distinguished by his occupation for example William the baker leading to the surname of Baker, Richard the Gardner leading to the surname of Gardiner and John the smith being called John Smith.
Medieval Names - Meanings and origins
The meanings and origins of Surnames extended to places, described a profession, trade or status, were connected to Nationalities or were highly descriptive reflecting a physical or characteristic attribute or have been derived from nicknames. Most people are familiar with the legend of Robin Hood and the names used in this story. Here's a reminder of some of them which provide some examples of the origins of Medieval names:
|Medieval Names - Examples of Origins|
Robin Hood - A descriptive name from 'Robin in the hood'
Little John - A descriptive name describing a physical characteristic
Maid Marion - A descriptive name describing a characteristic i.e. Maid
Alan a Dale - First name combined with a place name
Friar Tuck - Name reflecting a status i.e. Friar
Much the Miller's son - Family name combined with a trade name
Will Scarlet - A descriptive name
Examples of Medieval Names
The following examples details Medieval names for men and women
|Male Medieval Names||Female Medieval Names|
Medieval Life: Medieval Names
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