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Page 8 - By Mac and O you'll always know True Irishmen, they say ; But if they lack both " O " and " Mac," No Irishmen are they.
Page 3 - This is a subject which involves many curious questions of antiquarian interest, bearing upon the language, habits and pursuits of our countrymen in bygone days. It is one, also, that immediately concerns every man who feels an honest pride in being called by his father's
Page 65 - Queen Isabella of France, the consort of Edward II., introduced in her train many personages bearing surnames previously unknown in England.
Page 276 - matters, and are not above learning something of the elementary rules of heraldry, even though they may be certain of their own right to use arms. The book is forcibly and clearly written, the arguments are unanswerable, and supported by extracts
Page 3 - MUCH speculation has arisen as to the date when surnames were first used in this country. It is now pretty well admitted that they began to be adopted about AD 1000. According to Lower, the practice commenced in Normandy, and gradually extended itself to this country ; but the use of surnames was occasionally hereditary among the Anglo-Saxons before the Conquest, and the general adoption of family designations.'
Page 3 - Names which betoken association with territorial possession and occupations, and Christian names also, are not difficult to distinguish ; but the oldest names of all are those which belong to the Norse or Frisian settlers, except such as are probably of Celtic or British origin.
Page 12 - In Foord, in Ham, in Ley, in Tun The most of English surnames run.
Page 276 - X," the Writer of the Series of Articles which appeared in the Saturday Review over that Signature.
Page 64 - of cases the later descendants of illustrious families have sunk into poverty and obscurity unconscious of their origin, and this was more likely to be the case with the younger branches, since the name or title of the family went with the elder line that inherited the estates.