Origin and History of the Name of Andrews, with Biographies of All Most Noted Persons of that Name, and an Account of the Origin of Surnames and Forenames: Together with Over Five Hundred Christian Names of Men and Women and Their Significance. The Crescent Family Record

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American Publishers' Association, 1901 - Names, Personal - 112 pages
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Page 79 - A perpetual interest attaches to this first elective body that ever assembled in the western world, representing the people of Virginia, and making laws for their government, more than a year before the Mayflower, with the pilgrims, left the harbor of Southampton, and while Virginia was still the only British colony on the continent of America.
Page 83 - If a man be baptized by the name of Thomas, and after at his confirmation by the bishop he is named John, he may purchase by the name of his confirmation.
Page 83 - Gawdie, late Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, whose name of baptism was Thomas, and his name of confirmation Francis, and that name of Francis, by the advice of all the Judges, in anno 36, Henry VIII, he did bear, and after used in all his purchases and grants.
Page 97 - Russia, and cannot be properly altered by a change of dynasty. Arms of Pretension are those of kingdoms, provinces, or territories to which a prince or lord has some claim, and which he adds to his own, though the kingdoms or territories are governed by a foreign king or lord ; thus the Kings of England for many ages quartered...
Page 59 - Hrolf the Ganger." But whether in imitation of the Norman lords, or from the great convenience of the distinction, the use of fixed surnames arose in France about the year 1000; came into England sixty years later, or...
Page 89 - Canterbury; but this is almost a solitary instance in modern times, as the occasion for it rarely arises. Before the Reformation, the unauthorized change of a Christian name was a grave offence. It is recorded in the consistorial acts of the Bishop of Rochester, that on Oct. 15, 1515, one Agnes Sharpe appeared and confessed that she had "of her own motion and consent, voluntarily changed, at confirmation, the name of her infant son to Edward, who when baptized was named Henry, for which she submitted...
Page 59 - But whether in imitation of the Norman lords, or from the great convenience of the distinction, the use of fixed surnames arose in France about the year 1000, came into England sixty years later, or with the Norman Conquest, and reached us in Scotland, speaking roundly, about the year noo. The first examples of fixed surnames in any number in England are to be found in the Conqueror's Valuation Book, called Domesday. "Yet in England...
Page 59 - England, certaine it is, that as the better sort, euen from the Conquest, by little and little, took surnames, so they were not settled among the common people fully until about the time of King Edward the Second, but still varied according to the father's name...
Page 51 - SURNAME. an island, or an unknown rock, without some definite reason. Some allusion is made in it to physical conformation, to dress, to customs, to external peculiarities, or to certain circumstances which made the discovery a remarkable one. This natural habit has rarely been deviated from except when a desire has been felt to erect some geographical monument on distant shores, in honor of some denizen of the heavens; or to record, in a lasting form, some contemporary event, or the name of some...
Page 57 - Biddulph, the wolf-killer, or more properly "wolf-compeller," and some others; but these, among the common people at least, did not descend from father to son in the manner of modern surnames. Another early species of surname adjunct is the epithet Great, as Alexander the Great; with words expressive of other qualities, as Edmund Iron-side, Harold Hare-foot; and among the kings of Norway there was a Bare-foot. France had monarchs named Charles the Bald, Louis the Stutterer, and Philip the Fair. As...

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