English Surnames: An Essay on Family Nomenclature, Historical, Etymological, and Humorous; with Several Illustrative Appendices, Volume 2 (Google eBook)

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J. R. Smith, 1849 - Names, Personal
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Page 148 - I rather will take; down my bush and sign, Than live by means- of riotous expense
Page 40 - I cannot tell, my lord," said he, " except it be that my branch of the family were the first that knew how to spell.
Page 7 - William de Albini, bravely accoutred, and in the tournament excelled all others, overcoming many, and wounding one mortally with his lance ; which being observed by the queen, she became exceedingly enamoured of him, and forthwith invited him to a costly banquet, and afterwards bestowing certain jewels upon him, offered him marriage.
Page 162 - Mollyfied her! On the contrary, he never could be induced to substitute Sally for Sarah. Sally, he said, had a salacious sound, and, moreover, it reminded him of rovers, which women ought not to be. Martha he called Patty, because it came pat to the tongue. Dorothy remained Dorothy, because it was neither fitting that women should be made Dolls, nor I-dols! Susan with him was always Sue, because women were to be Sue-d, and Winnifred, Win-ny, because they were to be won...
Page 150 - ... sign that of the master whom he served, as the husband, after marriage, gives a place to his mistress's arms in his own coat.
Page 3 - After the battle the Duke, on inquiry respecting him, found him severely wounded (the leg and thigh having been struck off). He ordered him the utmost care, and on his recovery gave him lands in Derby in reward for his services, and the leg and thigh in armor cut off for his crest, an honorary badge yet worn by all the Eyres in England.
Page 128 - ... at the table, among grave and serious discourses, with conceits of wit and pleasant invention, as ingenious epigrams, emblems, Anagrams, merry tales, and witty questions and answers.
Page 6 - It happened that the Queen of France, being then a widow, and a very beautiful woman, became much in love with a knight of that country, who was a comely person, and in the flower of his youth ; and because she thought that no man excelled him in...
Page 73 - ... and shall take to him an English surname of one towne, as Sutton, Chester, Trym, Skryne, Corke, Kinsale: or colour, as white, blacke, browne: or art or science, as smith or carpenter; or office, as cooke, butler; and that he and his issue shall use this name under payne of forfeyting of his goods yearely till the premises be done, to be levied two times by the yeare to the king's warres, according to the discretion of the lieutenant of the king or his deputy.
Page 162 - Christian name its alias, he always used either the baptismal name or its substitute as it happened to suit his fancy, careless of what others might do. Thus he never called any woman Mary, though Mare he said being the sea was in many respects but too emblematic of the sex.

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