Medieval Names

 

Medieval Names

  • Meanings and Origins of Medieval Names
  • Medieval Names taken from various crafts and professions
  • Names as an indicator of status
  • Names that reflected locations
  • Physical or characteristic attributes

Medieval Names

Meanings and Origins of Medieval Names
English names date back many hundreds of years to the Medieval period. The Meanings & Origins of Medieval Names and Surnames are derived from the point at which they originate, their inception, source or root. English Medieval Surnames and names 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 of  names that describe a profession, trade or status
  • Those meanings or origins that are descriptive reflecting a physical or characteristic attribute or have been derived from nicknames

Medieval names relating to Trades, Professions or status
Medieval Surnames and names are often derived from Trades, Crafts and Professions  Here are some examples of common Medieval names surnames and their often forgotten origins!

ArcherA professional ArcherGardnerA gardener
BaileyA bailiffHooperFitted hoops on barrels
CarterA cart makerKelloggA killer of hogs
CarverA sculptorMachinA stone worker
ChaplinA chaplainNaylorA nail maker
ChandlerA candle makerProctorA steward
CooperA barrel makerRedmanA thatcher (reed man)
DayA dairy workerSawyerA wood sawer
FletcherAn arrow makerTrinder A wheel maker
FrobisherPolished armour and swordsWardA watchman

Medieval Names
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