English Surnames Similar to Farthing
The English surnames below have several things in common:
1) They are all derived from only one origin.
2) They were all originally used as personal names in England. Many of them have been in continuous use for over a thousand years.
3) No one name is more numerous or less numerous than the others, all of them sharing a frequency of occurrence of .001% (63 people out of a sample population of 6.3 million).
Abreviations: OE=Old English, ON=Old Norse, ODa=Old Danish, OSw=Old Swedish, OG=Old German, OFr=Old French, OIr=Old Irish, ME=Middle English. Most of the information in the following list can be found in P.H. Reaney's and R.M. Wilson's excellent work A Dictionary of English Surnames, Revised Edition, Oxford University Press, 1997.
Ansell: OG Ansehelm 'god-helmet'. Anselm, 1033-1109, was Archbishop of Canterbury.
Ashlock: ON Aslakr. Aslakr was one of Farthegn's fellow moneyers that worked for King Cnut at the mint in Lund, Sweden.
Axtell: ON Asketill. Asketill was another one of Farthegn's fellow moneyers that worked for King Cnut at the mint in Lund, Sweden.
Bade: OE Bada. Bada was a moneyer for King Edward the Elder.
Baldree: OG Baldric 'bold rule'. There were several moneyers with this name from the reigns of Eadwig to William I.
Benning: OE Benning.
Boll: ON Bolli. Bolla was a moneyer for King Cnut.
Brew: Manx McVriw 'son of the judge'.
Brixey: OE Beorhtsige, Brihtsige 'bright victory'. Many moneyers had this name from the reigns of Eadwig to Edward the Confessor.
Broman: OE Brunmann. Brunmann was a moneyer for Cnut at Viborg.
Bubb: OE Bubba. Bubba ruled the kingdom of Lindsey, c650.
Bunyard: OFr Baynard.
Burrage: OE Burgric 'fortress-powerful'.
Coppin: A pet-diminutive of Jacob. Jacob was a moneyer from Bristol for Henry III.
Corlett: Manx contraction of MacThorliotr from ON Thorliotr 'Thor-people'.
Cormack: Irish O'cormaic 'descendant of Cormac', 'son of the chariot'. Cormac was High-King of Ireland 254-277.
Corp: ON Korpr 'raven'.
Craine: Manx contraction of MacCiarain 'son of Ciaran'.
Criddle: OE Cridela.
Cull: OE Cula.
Cuthbert: OE Cuthbeort 'famous-bright'. There were many moneyers with this name from the reigns of Alfred the Great to Henry I. Cuthbert, d. 687, was bishop of Lindisfarne.
Darwine: OE Deorwine 'dear friend'. Deorwine was one of Farthegn's fellow moneyers at Thetford during the reigns of Aethelred II and Cnut.
Dock: OE Docca.
Dolphin: ON Dolgfinnr, a common name in 11th century northern England. Dagfinnr was a moneyer at York during the reigns of Aethelred II and Cnut.
Durrant: OFr Durant 'obstinate'. Several English moneyers had this name.
Eaddy: OE Eadgifu. Eadgifu, 905-968, was the wife of King Edward the Elder.
Eakin: Diminutive of OE Eda.
Edney: Latin Idonea, a not uncommon medieval name.
Edwin: OE Eadwine 'prosperity-friend'. An English moneyer named Eadwine worked for King Magnus at Lund, Sweden.
Eckart: OE Eckard 'edge-hard'.
Ellwood: OE Aelfweald 'elf-ruler'. There were many moneyers from the reigns of Edmund to Henry I that had this personal name. Alfwald was a king of East Anglia c713-c749.
Etheridge: OE Aethelric. Many moneyers had this personal name from the reigns of Aethelred II to Henry I. Athelric was a sub-king of the Anglian tribe called the Hwicce c720.
Fergus: Gaelic Fearghus, OIr Fergus 'man of force'. Fergus was the first king of Scotland c330 B.C.
Fiske: ON Fiskr 'fish'.
Folkerts: OG Fulcard 'people-brave'.
Fossett: OFr Fossard.
Gales: French form of Wallis or OG Walo, meaning Wales.
Garey: ON Geiri, ODa Geri 'spear'.
Goodlet: OE Guthlac or possibly ON Guthleikr 'battle-play'.
Goodrum: ON Guthormr 'battle-snake'. Guthrum led the Viking Summer Army in its invasion of England in 871. He was the first Danish king of East Anglia and Farthegn's commander.
Grieve: ON greifi 'steward'. The earliest example of this name is Farthegn Greva of Yorkshire c1050.
Gunnell: ON Gunnhildr, 'battle-battle'. Gunnhildr was the wife of Eric Bloodaxe, the last Viking king of York. She bore him 8 sons and 1 daughter.
Gunning: OG Gund(e)win 'battle-friend'.
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