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The Origin of Surnames

Last Modified: Nov 21 2020

Only a few families can truly trace their surnames to the “Domesday Book”, and even fewer can go back even tentatively to the pre-Conquest Anglo-Saxon era. The only families that have been able to prove an ancestry to Anglo-Saxon ancestors are the Arderns from Aelfwine and the Berkleys from Eadnoth.


Royal Ancestry - Math Wins

Last Modified: Nov 21 2020

A few months ago, when searching for some information I found a reference to one of my ancestors on a site called Royal Blood. Royal Blood is a site that claims to list people who can trace their ancestry to European Royalty, in particular Charlemagne the Great - Holy Roman Emperor (742-814).

The ancestor I was searching for information about was “William Dawtrey” who was my 12th great grandfather.


Burial in Woollen Acts

Last Modified: Nov 21 2020

In researching my Nurse ancestors in the Chew Magna area of North Somerset, I came across the following entry in the Chew Stoke parish register.

“5 Jan 1695 – Robert Nurse was buried 
Rebecca Nurse of Chew Stoke hath made affidavit before Robert Payne ___, of Norton Malreward in the presence of Mary Lassey and Jone Walker for burying in woolen. – January 12 1695”


Mnemonic Verse for English Monarchs

Last Modified: Nov 21 2020

While I don’t remember being taught this at school, both my Mum and Dad insisted they had learnt the Kings and Queens of England using this mnemonic verse (or a variant thereof).


Rebecca Nurse, A Salem Witch

Last Modified: Apr 28 2017

While there is no evidence to suggest any connection to my ancestors, it is interesting to look at some of the people through the ages who have carried the name Noers, Norreys, Norris or Nurse.

In this blog I look at Rebecca Nurse – perhaps the most (in)famous person to carry the surname.


The Domesday Book

Last Modified: Nov 21 2020

Shortly after William the Conqueror captured England he granted most of the lands that had been in the hands of English nobility to his followers, as he had done for William de Noers. 

He also ordered twenty years later, in 1085, that a census be taken of all his newly acquired lands. It was the most extensive census that had ever been taken of any lands and remains to this day one of the most complete records of its kind. The census took about a year to complete.


Edward Norris II, Pastor of Salem Church, Massachusetts

Last Modified: Apr 28 2017

While there is no evidence to suggest any connection to my ancestors, it is interesting to look at some of the people through the ages who have carried the name Noers, Norreys, Norris or Nurse.

My next “famous” person is Edward Norris, Pastor of Salem Church, Massachusetts.


Sir Henry Norris, Friend of King Henry VIII

Last Modified: Apr 28 2017

While there is no evidence to suggest any connection to my ancestors, it is interesting to look at some of the people through the ages who have carried the name Noers, Norreys, Norris or Nurse.

I continue with Sir Henry Norris a friend of King Henry VIII.


William de Noers, Steward of King William I

Last Modified: Apr 28 2017

Domesday_BookWhile there is no evidence to suggest any connection to my ancestors, it is interesting to look at some of the people through the ages who have carried the name Noers, Norreys, Norris or Nurse.

We will start with William de Noers, Steward of King William I (The Conqueror). It is possible that William de Noers was a descendant of Gilbert de Noyers, mentioned in an earlier blog post on the etymology of the surname Nurse, but we have no proof that this is the case.



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