What does your name mean?

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  1. mugwortismy cat

    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Hi Figgs
    mine must have been in Cumberland waaay back (as that is the name's origin), but I can only find them in county Durham/Northumberland

    Do you have any connection to Moses Bowness the c19th photographer?
     
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  2. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Are you looking to revolt? Rebel? or do you just want your name writ down?
     
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  3. Bonzo Dog

    Bonzo Dog Still the Mad Scientist?

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    The important bit obviously. The fact my main male line is also out of Cumbria is, of course, pure coincidence!!:);):p:DC|:-)
     
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    Bonzo Dog Still the Mad Scientist?

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    Apparently my surname means we lived and worked on land belonging to the church. We probably scythed the grass and cleaned the headstones.:D
     
  5. MollyMay

    MollyMay Knows where to find the answers!

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    My maiden name means - dark brown/swarthy, and my married name - a ford under a slope or cliff.

    For every Susan on here (and all the variants) - it is the Hebrew for Lily (but I am sure you all knew that anyway).:)
     
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  6. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    Did you also know that us Susan's are apparently the epitomy of classiness and if you have one, hold on tight. ;)
    Not only are we lilies, we are graceful ones to boot. :rolleyes:
     
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  7. Sandra Parker

    Sandra Parker Well-Known Member

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    Whoopee! I've got a coat of arms!
    The Coat of Arms is silver, a wolf's head erased between three black buglehorns. The Crest is a peacock's head proper, in the mouth a green snake entwined round the neck.
    So there, I've got a peacock's head proper and an entwined snake not counting the erased wolf's head and the bugles.
    Now just have to save up enough to pay for the wonderful unique scroll and coat of arms, I will know I've made it in the world. Just wish I had a mantlepiece to put it over.
    Sandra
     
  8. Huncamunca

    Huncamunca The Knowledgeable One

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    There are plenty of companies who would like you to believe that you have a coat of arms but don't take their word for it!

    As the College of Arms point out on their website, 'Coats of arms belong to specific individuals and families and there is no such thing as a coat of arms for a family name.'
     
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  9. gillyflower

    gillyflower Always caring about others

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    My surname [Jackson] is apparently English and Occasionally
    Scottish - however it is certainly not uncommon! on the 2922 census there were 122,933 Jackson's. There must be many more now.
     
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    arryboy Well-Known Member

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    And the Whiskey????
     
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  11. Bay Horse

    Bay Horse Can be a bit of a dark horse

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    Nah, I'm more of a Sweetheart Stout sort of person. :) Although I have been known to accept a wee dram on the house.
     
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  12. Figgs

    Figgs Well-Known Member

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    He is not in my FTM, but is he from Whitehaven or Flimby?? There are a lot of them in Westmorland and there seems to be a distinct tie to that area. I was in Bowness-on-Windermere in 2004 and apparently there are no living Bownesses in that area. But I have Wills and documents that refer to the town of Orton there.

    Huncamunca found a reference to Appleby for one of the children of John Bowness of Whitehaven, but I am still at a loss re where the original John B was born (in the 1730's at a guess). Just going to check a painting I have in the LR by a UK Bowness.

    OMG.....it's not a Bowness painting, but it's a Forest Scene done by an Arthur Lidstone (of Devon area). Thank you....I see it is my dad's handwriting (bless him).......and now I know. That is his mother's line.
     
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  13. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Apparently we have a forum within a forum: 'section di Sue's'.

    But there are lilies & lilies, some it would seem not adored, tho' still beautiful.
    Rather fond of them m'self.
     
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  14. Figgs

    Figgs Well-Known Member

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    Wedny.......could you kindly explain the above?? I can't make any sense out of it, lol.
     
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  15. Archie's Mum

    Archie's Mum Always digging up clues

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    All very graceful tho! Us Sue's.:)
     
  16. Ma-dotcom

    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I keyed in my Maiden surname top on the list it came up also with Wendy!
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    I keyed in 'Mitchell' & first up came a Wendy in the comments section!
    I also did this twice as I evidently hit the enter key instead of post reply button again!
     
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  18. Findem

    Findem The Fearless One

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    No just ye olde type land acquisition. :D
     
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    Findem The Fearless One

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    2922! gillyflower does it mention your gift of foreseeing the future? :cool::D
     
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  20. mugwortismy cat

    mugwortismy cat Tenacious to the End!

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    Ah, he's a Westmorland Bowness, born Coniston, lived Ambleside ... there is a Bowness painter (William Bowness 1809-1867 born in Kendal)
     

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