Friday, 11 November 2011

I. Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland

For me, finding a source filled to the brink with wonderful names is like finding a £5 in my pocket when I didn't know it was there. That's how I felt when I came across  A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, Enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank Vol.1  by John Burke (1834). As the title suggests, the book profiles important commoners (all men) and their family history, many going back as far as the Norman Conquest in 1066.


Nea- In Swahili it means 'resolve' and in Gaelic it means 'lustrous'. It can also be spelt as Nia.  

Rosalba- Latin for 'white rose'.  

Amicia- Name of Latin origin meaning 'friend'. 

Mabella- A variation of Mabel, meaning 'lovable', with a modern sort of kick to it.  

Maribella- A variation of the French Maribel, which it self is a combination of the names Mary and Belle.

Temple- Means 'dweller near the temple' or 'sacred place'.

Wenman- An old English occupational surname meaning 'maker of waggons'.

Vigors- Old French surname. It was given as a nickname to a person who was seen as strong. It comes from 'vigour'.

Pollexfen- Of unknown meaning, but used as an English surname.

Serlonius- Also of unknown meaning, used as an English surname as far back as 1100.

On a different note, today is Remembrance Day here in the UK. It was on November 11th 1918 that WWI came to an end. Private George Jameson, a soldier during the Great War, wrote: 'We just felt 'Will this never end?' There was a hopeless sort of outlook, a belief that we were there for keeps. That it would never change.'

Image: Painting by Vera Beaumont.