is 'son of Hugh'. If you want to know what Hugh means, see www.behindthename.com
and search for Hugh. Holland
is another name of the Netherlands and it consists of hol
. The latter has obviously the same meaning as the English word land
(=country, field). The first component is the Dutch word for 'hollow' in this case, probably because the Netherlands (you could also read "nether lands") lay quite low compared to the sea level and large parts, especially in the west of the country lay lower than the sea level.
i agree with you and about McClain
i have to add that Clain is a surname that derived from a firstname again, like most Mac... names do. Collins
means 'son of Colin'.
This week's surname is: BATES 2003-11-03
An English and Scottish surname derived from the pet form of the first name Bartholomew (Middle English, Bat(t)e). Bartholomew was a common medieval name – from the Hebrew meaning ‘son of Talmai’ (abounding in the furrows). Another example of the root is Bateman – a servant of Bartholomew. Other regional derivatives of Bartholomew include Bate from Cornwall, Batty from Yorkshire and Batey from Northumberland.
The Bates surname may also derive from an occupational name for a boatman – from the Old English word ‘bat’ meaning bate. Yet another source originates from the Old Norse word ‘bati’ means the ‘dweller by a fat pasture.’ A variant of this is the surname Batt.
Early examples of the surname recorded include Roger Bate (1275) from the Subsidy Rolls: Worcester, plus Thomas del Bate (1270), and William of Ye Bate (1297) from the Subsidy Rolls: Yorkshire. It is essentially a Midlands name with Leicestershire and Warwickshire concentrations, with Kent another prevalent area.
Famous examples of the Bates surname throughout history include HE Bates (1905-74), novelist, playwright and author of The Darling Buds of May. Alan Bates (1934-), actor, known for wrestling naked with Oliver Reed in Women in Love. Also William Bates (1860-1931), US opthalmologist, who developed a series of exercises to achieve healthy eyesight.
taken from a website that explains surnames and chooses every day a different, so i can give you the link, but if you are online here tomorrow, it might not work anymore.
the link: http://www.thefamilyhistoryproject.co.uk/a_to_z.php?id=15&details=yes Horton
(origin: Local) A town in Yorkshire England--the horrible town, or the town in the ravine, from Horr, a ravine. Hollingsworth
i get back to you about this one, but for now it might be a variant on Blackburn, which is a place or burrough of London. Anyway, the burn
ending is in more placenames, like Bournemouth and Auburn and it means either 'brook' or 'boundary' (read this as 'geographical boundary'). So, Blackburn means probably 'black brook'. But, like i said, i want to be sure that Blagburn and Blackburn are related.
And to Gianfranco i wanted to say: welcome to the board. It looks like you're a good addition to this board.