Origin and History of the Name of Alexander: With Biographies of All the Most Noted Persons of that Name...together with Over Five Hundred Christian Names of Men and Women and Their Significance...

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American Pub. Assoc., 1904 - Names, Personal - 112 pages
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Page 21 - As builders and merchants they have built cities and illumined the marts of trade ; in the field of science and medicine they have obtained great prominence ; in the arena of statesmanship they have produced men of thought and men of action; while at the bar and in the administration of justice they have shown erudition and wisdom. As clergymen, educators and lecturers they have occupied high places...
Page 59 - Henry I wished to marry his natural son Robert to Mabel, one of the heiresses of Fitz-Hamon. The lady demurred : "It were to me a great shame To have a lord withouten his twa name.
Page 91 - Behind these, again, tollowed a fairly familiar number of names of either sex, some from the Teuton, some from the Hebrew, some from the Greek and Latin Church, but, when all told, not a large category. This is not enough, for in common parlance it was not likely the full name would be used. Besides, there might be two, or even three Johns in the same family. So late as March, 1545, the will of John Parnell de Gyrton runs: "Alice, my wife, and Old John, my son, to occupy my farm together, till Old...
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 90 - 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 to penance. " The penance enjoined -was to make a pilgrimage to the famous Rood of Grace, at the neighboring abbey of Boxley, and to carry in procession on five Lord's days, a lighted taper which she was to offer to the image of the Blessed Virgin. THE PAUCITY OF NAMES. There were no Scripture...
Page 78 - 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 51 - In the first ages of the world a single name was sufficient for each individual ; and that name was generally invented for the person, in allusion to the circumstances attending his birth, or to some personal quality he possessed, or which his parents fondly hoped he might in future possess.
Page 91 - ... four hundred years since. The Norman list was really a small one, and yet it took possession of the whole of Great Britain. A consequence of this was the Pet-name Epoch . In every community of one hundred Englishmen about the year 1300, there would be an average of twenty Johns and fifteen Williams; then would follow Thomas, Bartholomew, Nicholas, Philip, Simon, Peter and Isaac from the Scriptures; and Richard, Robert, Walter, Guy, Henry, Roger and Baldwin from the Teutonic list.
Page 58 - England," again to quote the judicious Camden, "certain it is, that as the better sort, even from the Conquest, by little and little took surnames, so they were not settled among the common people fully until about the time of Edward the Second.
Page 58 - 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 Scotland, speaking roundly, about the year 1100.

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