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** Teare (a joiner or carpenter)
 
** Teare (a joiner or carpenter)
 
* Geographic: based on a person’s residence (not always a Manx location)-
 
* Geographic: based on a person’s residence (not always a Manx location)-
** Stanley
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** Hampton, Radcliffe, Stanley
 
* Patronymic, based on a person’s father’s name -
 
* Patronymic, based on a person’s father’s name -
 
** Callister (son of Alastair, cognate with MacAllister), Crennel (son of Ranald), Faragher (son of Fearchar or Farquhar), Quayle (son of Paul - cognate with MacPhail), Qualtrough (son of Walter)
 
** Callister (son of Alastair, cognate with MacAllister), Crennel (son of Ranald), Faragher (son of Fearchar or Farquhar), Quayle (son of Paul - cognate with MacPhail), Qualtrough (son of Walter)
** Watterson (son of Walter)
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** Nelson, Stowell, Watterson (son of Walter)
 
* Descriptive or nickname, often referring to hair colour or complexion -
 
* Descriptive or nickname, often referring to hair colour or complexion -
 
* Ethnic origins
 
* Ethnic origins
 
** Cretney (MacVretnee, son of the Welshman or Brython)
 
** Cretney (MacVretnee, son of the Welshman or Brython)
 
* Ecclesiastical, many beginning with  Myl- (MacGhille-/Maol-)
 
* Ecclesiastical, many beginning with  Myl- (MacGhille-/Maol-)
** Mylchreest (servant of Christ)
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** Clague, Mylchreest (servant of Christ), Taggart (priest)
** Christian
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** Bell, Christian
  
 
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Revision as of 21:47, 28 June 2010

Understanding given names and surnames can help you trace your ancestors. This is particularly true once the origin of the name has been established.

Surnames

Manx surnames have several main sources, but are often cognate with Irish and Scottish ones, when from Manx Gaelic, or are imported from England. In the case of Gaelic surnames, the Mac (son of) prefix which is so common in neighbouring countries is elided to C- (e.g. Crennel), K- (e.g. Karran) or Q- (e.g. Qualtrough)

The nobility and wealthy land owners first began using surnames. Merchants and townspeople adopted the custom, as eventually did the rural population. This process took several centuries. In the case


Surnames developed from several sources and include the following types:

  • Occupational: based on a person’s trade, such as -
    • Teare (a joiner or carpenter)
  • Geographic: based on a person’s residence (not always a Manx location)-
    • Hampton, Radcliffe, Stanley
  • Patronymic, based on a person’s father’s name -
    • Callister (son of Alastair, cognate with MacAllister), Crennel (son of Ranald), Faragher (son of Fearchar or Farquhar), Quayle (son of Paul - cognate with MacPhail), Qualtrough (son of Walter)
    • Nelson, Stowell, Watterson (son of Walter)
  • Descriptive or nickname, often referring to hair colour or complexion -
  • Ethnic origins
    • Cretney (MacVretnee, son of the Welshman or Brython)
  • Ecclesiastical, many beginning with Myl- (MacGhille-/Maol-)
    • Clague, Mylchreest (servant of Christ), Taggart (priest)
    • Bell, Christian

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