Surname Saturday:  Renfrew

Surname Saturday: Renfrew

I haven’t done a Surname Saturday in awhile and today seemed a good day to highlight this particular surname after stumbling across an interesting story this week – and possibly a link to my own family history.  The name I actually ran across while working on an...
Surname Saturday:  Renfrew

Surname Saturday: Whitebread

A couple of weeks ago the Cakebread surname was featured with an interesting story – this week it’s Whitebread.  These two surnames appear to share similar origins dating back to pre-seventh century Olde English.  The Old English word “hwit” meant white, “hwaete”...

Surname Saturday: Whale

The Whale surname was derived from a nickname for (no surprise) a person of large girth who “rolled” as they walked, according to the Internet Surname Database.  Charles Bardsley, author of A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, wrote a bit more poetically: ...

Surname Saturday: Cakebread

This unusual name is among the oldest known surnames, possibly of  Norse-Viking and Olde English pre-ninth century origins, according to The Internet Surname Database.  The name may have been derived from a combination of a Norse word, “kaka” (meaning cake) and the...
Surname Saturday:  Fulleylove

Surname Saturday: Fulleylove

Today’s surname, in honor of a day of love, is of English origin and dates back to medieval times. The Fulleylove surname gradually evolved from the early use of nicknames.  Sometimes nicknames were reflective of physical characteristics, peculiarities, even mental...

Surname Saturday: Tillinghast

Tillinghast is an English locational surname meaning “one who came from Tillinghurst”, according to the 4Crests web site, and a place where auctions were held.  While most family heraldry came into wide use during the Middle Ages, it appears that the Tillinghast...