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Subject: Re: Surnames
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: June 29, 2005 at 1:34 PM
Reply to: Re: Surnames by S.Sagani

Eames comes from the old word EME, meaning "uncle". Maybe it was a nickname, or it identified someone whose only claim to fame was that he was the uncle of a better known person.
Cabell may have been a given name, according to Reaney (Dictionary of British Surnames). He gives an example, Kabell son of William living in 1286; nothing on the meaning. He also suggests a metonymic for a ropemaker, cable = rope, or something to do with CABAL, an old word for a horse. Take your pick.

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  • Surnames - Curtis  Jun 25 2005, 10:27 AM
    • Re: Surnames - Scaramozzino  Jul 3 2005, 4:23 PM
    • Re: Surnames - S.Sagani  Jun 26 2005, 7:06 AM
      • Re: Surnames - Jim Young  Jun 29 2005, 1:34 PM