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Foundlings' Names

Sometimes these were not very original, for example those surnamed PARISH, or Sarah FOUNDLING, a dropt child at St. Giles-in-the-Fields, Middlesex 1782.

Foundlings Named After Place Where Found

Parish
Register Entry
St. Pancras, Mddx 1894
“William EUSTON, a child found in a box in a railway carriage at Euston Station.”
West Monkton, Somerset 1737
“Cornelius LANE, a child left in the road.”
Rotherhithe, Surrey 1841
“Ann GATES, about 12 weeks old. Found at the gates of the workhouse at half past 8 o’clock on Friday evening 11 Dec 1840.”
St. Clement Danes, Mddx
“John White LION, found in White Lion Passage.”
St. Clement Danes, Mddx
“Mary CHANCE, found at a pawnbrokers.”
St. Clement Danes, Mddx
“Albert CURSITOR, found in Cursitor St. 1840”

Named after the Saint to Whom the Church is Dedicated

Typically the saint’s name is used as a surname, but in St. Clement Danes, Middlesex there are many examples of the use of Clement/ina as the first name and the place found as the surname:

Child
Where Found
Clement INNS
This parish includes the legal Inns of Court
Clement DANE
At the church door
Clement ESSEX
In Essex Street
Clement NORFOLK
In Norfolk Street
Clement PORTUGAL
In Portugal Street
Clementina SHIP
On ship on the Thames

Terms Used for Illegitimacy

Latin
English

Filius/filia populi
Base
Bastard
Filius meretricius
Base Born (BB)
Spurious
Natus ex fornicatione
Son of the people
Love child
Filius vulgi
Natural child
Son of an harlot
Filius terrae
Begotten in fornication
A merry begot
Filius fornicatoris
Begotten in adultery
Lamebegot
Filius unicuscujusque
A Scape begotten child
A byeblow
Filius scorti
Begotten on the body of

Filius adulterinus


Incerti vero patis
The true father is uncertain


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