||Re: Accuracy the last word
||Jim Young (guest, 188.8.131.52)
||May 28, 2008 at 3:37:49 AM
||Re: Accuracy the last word by Rob Hill
I think that both of these names have a first component whose meaning is not settled, and so is still open to interpretation.
One thing I'm sure of, the ing of Ingham has nothing to do with the -ing suffix of Anglo-Saxon clan names, as in Birmingham, Nottingham, etc.
On Murgatroyd, I don't accept the "Margaret's clearing" interpretation, because I don't believe that given name had any currency when Old English rod/royd place names came into being. However, I don't accept any other interpretation at present. But I don't intend to claim superiority of knowledge over Dr.Paul Reaney, a Yorkshireman (Sheffield) who made a lifetime study of English surnames. He explains Murgatroyd as "Margaret's clearing". I wonder if he was just being puerile.
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- Accuracy - Robert Hill May 26 2008, 5:48:09 PM