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Subject: Re: Alden, Barnes, Dallas, DeWitt, Fell, Furley, Kline, Knotts, Lindley, Ritter, Roper, Snow, Somers, Tripper, Wood...need origins & meanings please
Author: robyn   (guest)
Date: August 18, 2003 at 1:38 PM
Reply to: Alden, Barnes, Dallas, DeWitt, Fell, Furley, Kline, Knotts, Lindley, Ritter, Roper, Snow, Somers, Tripper, Wood...need origins & meanings please by Terri Alden

Hey there. I found two on the site and copy and pasted them. I hope that's okay, since it's intrasite. other than those, I took some guesses. Hope they give you some ideas or help in some way :)

Barnes: English
Denoted a person who worked or lived in a barn. The word barn is derived from Old English bere "barley" combined with oern "house". -From site

Roper: I’m guessing is occupationally based, a cattle-herder or such. Also might be a changed form of "Robert" They do sound similar. There is also a finnish form of "Robert": Roope, which may lead to possibilities...

In looking up Rope in the barnhart concise dictionary of etymology: Rope: about 1200, developed from old english (about 725), cognate with Old Frisian -rap, middle low german rep rope, middle and modern dutch reep, old high german reif hoop, old icelandic reip rope. Hope that helps.

Snow: I’m guessing this would make reference to where the person came from, or how they dressed.

In the etymology dictionary from above: snow: probably before 1200, developed from old english snaw, cognate with Old Frisian sne snow, old saxon sneo, M. L. German sne, M. Dutch snee, O. H. German sneo, O. Icelandic snaer (with ae letter), snjor, Gothic snaiws

Somers I’m guessing comes from “summers” with an accent  The following for summers is intrasite:
Summers English
Occupational surname meaning "summoner", which is the petty official who calls people to appear in court.
Summers English
From the Middle English sumer "summer". This was a nickname given to someone associated with the summer season.

Also look into M. French words borrowed. for example, somersault is borrowed from M. French "sombresault" Sombre means "over." *shrug*

Tripper I’m guessing is occupational, as in a tracker or trapper.

Oh, oh, oh! Looked up "trip" in etymology dictionary...might be really helpful for you: trip: about 1390 "trippen"- tread or step lightly, skip, caper, borrowed from old french "tripper"- strike with feet, from a germanic source (compare low german trippen, tripplen, M. Dutch trepelan, and modern dutch trappen to stamp, tread) Entry indicates relation to "trap"

Wood English, Scottish
Originally denoted one who lived in or worked in a wood or forest, derived from Middle English wode.- From site


Hope that helps!

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