How Surnames Began

When:        Monday Sep 24 & Oct 1 (2 sessions)                                                      2:00 – 4:00

Where:      Wynyard Showground Hall                                           Presenter:      John Lamb

Surnames exist because it has always been necessary to clarify who is being spoken of. In England, the early Middle Ages was the most fertile period for the creation of surnames and they give an intriguing glimpse into how people lived about the year 1000. Is your name Wilson or Good, Reeve or Dell, Crowther or Boyer? Then your name began in Mediaeval England. Add the names which began in Scotland, Ireland, Cornwall and Wales, and we have the surnames which we use every day. In our discussion of this topic, a good deal that is quaint and curious will come to light about surnames we all know and take for granted.