Since things are winding down at work, I can finally get out my notebook and finish the Rugby School Register series that has been on hold for some time. Just a quick reminder about what these posts contain: Below are the names of boys from the British upper classes who attended Rugby, an elite boarding school for boys founded in the 16th century. Where years have been missed out, it simply means that the names found for that year were your common George, William, John and co.
1816 - Forbes, Watson, Spencer, Norman, Lee, Hankinson, Orlando
1818 - Braithwaite
1819 - Horatio, Porteus, Corbet
1820 - Hanson, Grayson, Townshend, Wentworth, Bradford, Glynne, Gray
1821 - Lechmere, Roynon, Baynham, Hampden
1822 - Gartside, Dalton
1823 - Roundell
1824 - Caryer
1826 - Sinckler, Hervey
1827 - Lionel, Yarborough
1828 - Craven, Meyrick, Archer, Seymour
1829 - Brownlow, Hurst, Wenman, Conan, Boyce, Josias, Rathbone, Mascie
1830 - Halford, Dalrymple, Howell, Mortimer, Stewart
Grayson, Gray and Archer could have stepped out of a modern birth announcement. Some of the others, though, have a distinct early 19th century feel to them, and you would be surprised to see them being used now. There are few that stand out including Lechmere, an Old English surname meaning 'stream', and Meyrick, which has a number of possible origins, all of them ancient. It could possibly derive from Maurice, meaning 'fame' and 'power'.
Image: A Surprise Party by John George Brown