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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
 
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:
 
Surnames developed from several sources and include the following types:
 
* Occupational: based on a person’s trade, such as -
 
* Occupational: based on a person’s trade, such as -
** Teare (a joiner or carpenter)
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** Gawne (a smith, cognate with McGowan), Gill (a servant), Teare (a joiner or carpenter, cognate with McIntyre)
 
* Geographic: based on a person’s residence (not always a Manx location)-
 
* Geographic: based on a person’s residence (not always a Manx location)-
** Hampton, Radcliffe, Stanley
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** Hampton, Maddrell, 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)
** Nelson, Stowell, Watterson (son of Walter)
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** Bridson, Garret (Gerard or Gerald), 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 -
 
* Doan (brown haired)
 
* Doan (brown haired)
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** Cretney (MacVretnee, son of the Welshman or Brython)
 
** Cretney (MacVretnee, son of the Welshman or Brython)
 
* Ecclesiastical, many beginning with  Myl- (MacGhille-/Maol-) or Gil-
 
* Ecclesiastical, many beginning with  Myl- (MacGhille-/Maol-) or Gil-
** Clague, Gelling (Gille Iain, servant of John), Mylchreest (servant of Christ), Mylvreeshey (servant of St Bride), Taggart (priest)
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** Clague, Gelling (Gille Iain, servant of John), Joughin (MacJaghin, son of the deacon), Mylchreest (servant of Christ), Mylvreeshey (servant of St Bride), Taggart (priest)
 
** Bell, Christian
 
** Bell, Christian
  

Revision as of 21:56, 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 -
    • Gawne (a smith, cognate with McGowan), Gill (a servant), Teare (a joiner or carpenter, cognate with McIntyre)
  • Geographic: based on a person’s residence (not always a Manx location)-
    • Hampton, Maddrell, 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)
    • Bridson, Garret (Gerard or Gerald), Nelson, Stowell, Watterson (son of Walter)
  • Descriptive or nickname, often referring to hair colour or complexion -
  • Doan (brown haired)
  • Ethnic origins
    • Cretney (MacVretnee, son of the Welshman or Brython)
  • Ecclesiastical, many beginning with Myl- (MacGhille-/Maol-) or Gil-
    • Clague, Gelling (Gille Iain, servant of John), Joughin (MacJaghin, son of the deacon), Mylchreest (servant of Christ), Mylvreeshey (servant of St Bride), Taggart (priest)
    • Bell, Christian

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