By P. H. Reaney, R. M. Wilson
This vintage dictionary solutions questions comparable to those and explains the origins of over 16,000 names in present English use. it is going to be a resource of fascination to everybody with an curiosity in names and their background.
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Many of the saints’ names were also of Greek or Latin origin, and probably owe their use in medieval times to this fact. In addition, the popularity of Alexander is probably due to the medieval romances dealing with the hero, and the appearance of Achilles de la Bech’ 1221 AssSa, and Hector de Hilleg’ 1222 Cur (Sf) to the romances on the Troy legend. Other names which probably owe their use to medieval romance include Charlemayn 1230 P (Wo); Rauf Lancelot 1506 TestEbor; Eglamore Muston 1476 IpmNt, and perhaps Diggory Watur 1461 SaAS 2/xi; Digorie Maker 1600 AD v (Co, D) to Sir Degarre.
The normal type of Welsh name was a patronymic: Madog ap Jevan ap Jorwerth, ‘Madoc, son of Evan, son of Yorwerth’, a type which resulted ultimately in such names as Pumfrey, Benian, Bevan, etc. In 1292,48 per cent of Welsh names were patronymics of this kind (in some parishes, over 70 per cent); others included nicknames, occupation-names and some local surnames. The great majority of the surnames in the Extent of Chirk (1392–3) were of this patronymic type, with occasional nicknames (Jevan Gough, Ithel Lloit, Grono Vachann), rare occupational-names (Madog Taillour), and a few simple personalnames (Jevan Annwyl, Jevan Gethin), none of which were hereditary.
His father was Robert de Rokesle senior who must often have been called by his pet-name Dob. e. 45 Toward the end of the thirteenth century, this type of name becomes more common and steadily increases in the fourteenth, but there is a marked difference in its frequency in different counties. In the Worcestershire Subsidy Roll for 1275 there are only 7 examples, 5 being names of women; in that for 1327 we find 138 men and 30 women so named. In Somerset in 1327:128 men, 73 women; in Warwickshire (1332), 161 men, 20 women; in Suffolk (1327), 27 men, 1 woman; in Surrey (1332), 5 men, 11 women.
A Dictionary of English Surnames by P. H. Reaney, R. M. Wilson