Friday, 10 January 2014

English Male Names from 1724

File:Joseph Walter - Shipping off Bristol.jpg

Another one of these post I'm afraid. I decided to step back eighty years or so and look at the English male names used then. They were rather similar to the ones in 1802, although there were some slight differences. However, I can't attribute this to the year as the source used for this post came from Bristol and the one for the previous post came from Kent. The source used was  List of the Freeholders and Freemen who voted at the Election for Members of Parliament for the City and County of Bristol.  It's such a shame that such lists don't exist for women - I'm sure they would've give us some very fabulous names.


Adoniah
Anberson
Angelo
Athelstone
Azarias
Bethuel
Brice
Brotherton
Burges
Butler
Callow
Caple
Carey 
Cornelious
Corsley
Creswell
Deveroux
Elisha
Fownes
Hackabout
Harford
Hippisley
Ingleton
Jarrit  
Jenkin
Kerby
Law
Matthias
Newry
Onesiphorus 
Organ
Perigreen
Phame
Pitman
Provis
Reece
Rice
Rock
Rudhal
Rumney
Sharp
Somerset
Stanton
Sydenham
Thurston
Uzell
Webb
Whittington


One of the most interesting aspects of the List of the Freeholders and Freemen is the fact that the voters' professions are listed. Some of the jobs mentioned don't exist anymore or are very rare. For example, Provis Heath was a clog-maker; Butler Bouns was a victualler, someone who provided a ship's crew with food and drink; Sharp Cary was a cordwainer, a luxury shoe maker; and Ingleton Allen was a pump-maker. This source is great for name and history lovers.

Image: Shipping Off Bristol by Joseph Walter.