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Info requested by our visitors
In their search for an
English baby name people become interested in
researching their own surname or family name and First
Name. We have therefore included this information to
meet the requests of our visitors.
The Importance of First Names!
We respond to our name throughout our lives. People
associate us with our firstname, it forms part of our
identity. They help to distinguish us from one to
another. Other people gain immediate and sometimes
totally subconscious views of people, just from hearing
a name they can therefore give us a distinct advantage
in life, or conversely, a disadvantage! The choice of an
English Baby name is, therefore, incredibly important.
And those of us who choose a baby's name are taking on a
The meanings of English baby
Meaning of a name is only really important to the person
that they belong to! They are not actually interesting
to anyone else! To give credence to this statement ask
yourself the following questions...
- Do I know the name meanings
of my parents?
- Do I know the name meanings
of my partner?
The answer for the vast majority
of people will be a resounding "No!". They are, however,
interesting when trying to decide upon a name for a
newborn baby. If you are undecided perhaps the meaning
of an English baby name would help you make a final
The Origins of English baby
The origins of these include those associated with
places, mythology and history, origins from colours,
plants and other types of nature, Fictional origins,
historical origins, characteristic and religious
origins. We then move on to the type of English baby
name which can be classed as Descriptive, Place,
Speciality and finally unique (or created names).
Questions about English baby
At one time or another most of us have posed some the
following questions about our own name...
- What does my name mean?
- Why did my parents choose
- Are there any strong family
connections to my name?
- Where did my name
- Why was I given such a
- Why was I given such an
English baby name shall I give to my baby?
Will the English baby name suit my baby? Should it be
traditional, unusual, unique, exotic, popular or cool?
Will it be suitable throughout all life phases ( "A Name
isn't just for a birthday - it's for life!"). Will it be
appropriate throughout a full life cycle starting with
baby - toddler - school child - teenager - young adults
- parents - middle age - retirement and ending with old
age. Will it suit a pensioner as well as a baby? Will
the schoolchild be teased mercilessly about a name? What
will your baby think of your choice?
is at hand when making a choice from English baby names!
The various sections included in www. babynames. org. uk
accessed via the Site Map will
provide answers to all of your questions regarding the
choice of first names. And our exclusive Name Evaluator
will help you avoid any of the many pitfalls!
English Surnames - Info requested by our visitors
In their search for English baby names people become
interested in their own surname or family name. We have
therefore included this information to meet the requests
of our visitors.
Spellings of English surnames - Take Shakespeare!
English names date back many hundreds of years. Many of
our English ancestors would have been illiterate! How
were names recorded in the past? Many administrators
spelled them incorrectly - so many official documents
have resulted in different name spellings leading to
minefield when researching English names! This can be
illustrated by looking at a name that is known
throughout the World - William Shakespeare. The name
Shakespeare was spelt in an astonishing variety of ways
including Shakspere, Shakespere, Shakkespere, Shaxpere,
Shakstaff, Sakspere, Shagspere, Shakeshafte and even
Chacsper. The name of William Shakespeare's father, John
Shakespeare, occurs 166 times in the Council Book of the
Stratford corporation, and appears to take 16 different
forms! Our thanks go to
www.william-shakespeare.info for this information.
The confusion in relation to the spellings, or
mis-spellings, of surnames account for the many
derivatives of one particular English name.
Meanings & Origins of English Surnames
Meanings of English surnames are derived from ideas
conveyed by something, such as a word, action, gesture,
or situation. Whereas origins of English surnames are
the point at which they originate, their inception,
source or root. English Surnames are derived from
several main categories:
- Those meanings or origins that relate to a place
- Those that are adopted or transferred
- Those meanings or origins that describe a
profession, trade or status
- Those meanings or origins that are connected to
- Those meanings or origins that are descriptive
reflecting a physical or characteristic attribute or
have been derived from nicknames
Perfect examples of descriptive English Surname origins
Most people are familiar with the old English legend of
Robin Hood and the many characters featured in this well
know story. Here's a reminder of some of them:
Descriptive category from 'Robin in the hood'
Descriptive category describing a physical
Descriptive category describing a characteristic
Alan a Dale
First name combined with a place name
Reflecting a status i.e. Friar
Much the Miller's son
Family name combined with a trade title within a
English Place Surnames
(Toponymic - derived from a place or a region)
- The most common English
surname origins are derived from actual places.
People were given surnames that indicated a specific
place or region such as London, Ireland, England,
Eaton, York or Washington.
- Another type of English
place name described an actual residence, location
or workplace such as Hall, Smith, Heath, Bridges,
Brook, Castle or Woods
English names relating to Trades, Professions or status
Surnames are often derived from Trades, Craftsmen,
Professions or Official and other forms of status were
legion but many of their origins have been lost in time.
Here are some examples of common surnames and their
often forgotten origins:
A professional Archer
Fitted hoops on barrels
A cart maker
A killer of hogs
A stone worker
A nail maker
A candle maker
A barrel maker
A thatcher (reed man)
A dairy worker
A wood sawer
An arrow maker
A wheel maker
Polished armour and swords
Descriptive English names
English surnames are often derived from
physical or characteristic attributes. The origins
of many of these descriptive categories have also
been lost over the years:
A strong arm
A brown haired man
A tall man
Dark complexion like a Moor
A red haired man
A soldier, who carried, or shook, a spear
A strong man
Surnames are often come from family connections such
as Johnson (John's son) Robertson and even Nixon
(Nick's son). Similar types in this category are
British Celtic names beginning with Mc, Mac or Fitz
such as McDonald or Fitzpatrick. There were also the
first names such as William, Phillip, Edward, and
Hugh which were changed to the surnames Williams,
Phillips, Edwards, and Hughes. ( From, for example,
William's son or Edward's son). Adopting such names
was extremely important as they provided permanent
proof of verifiable ties of English blood, family
and kin. Therefore the history connected to a
powerful English ancestor could be passed down the
Want to know more?
Further information about surnames and Genealogy can
be found by clicking the following links:
Irish baby names
Welsh baby names
World of Baby