By P. H. Reaney, R. M. Wilson
This vintage dictionary solutions questions similar to those and explains the origins of over 16,000 names in present English use. will probably be a resource of fascination to every person with an curiosity in names and their background.
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Association—here, a perpetuation of themes common to the two families—is more important than meaning. Detailed studies of the early speech-habits of children would throw much light on the eccentric forms of many pet-names. A wreath sent recently by the Queen was from Lilibet, the name by which Her Majesty is known in the family circle, a deliberate perpetuation of her early attempts to pronounce her own name. My own daughter still answers to the name of Titt, a shortening of Titter, her first attempts at sister.
G. William Roberts son of Robert Williams. The three sons of Evan Thomas and Gwen Jones were known as Howal Thomas, Hugh Evans and Owen Jones, surnames derived (i) from the father’s surname, (ii) from his christian name, (iii) from the mother’s surname. 60 In the following generation a hyphen was often introduced, hence Nash-Williams, etc. , surnames which had already become hereditary in England and were later to be reinforced by such names as Balliol, Cumin, etc. In the towns, the burgesses bore English or continental personal names, with trade-names or occasional nicknames.
In Essex, Helion Bumpstead, and in Devon, Upton Helions, owe their attributes to Tihel de Herion, their Domesday lord who came from Hellean in Morbihan. His christian name survived in Essex until the thirteenth century and is found as a surname at Barking in 1206 (Roger Tihell), whilst his surname, though rare, still lives on in Essex and Suffolk, in Devon and Somerset (v. Elion). Wiggens Green in Helion Bumpstead owes its name to the family of John Wygayn whose eponymous ancestor may well have been an actual follower of Tihel the Breton.
A Dictionary of English Surnames by P. H. Reaney, R. M. Wilson