Medieval English Submitted Surnames
were used by medieval English peoples.
Submitted names are contributed by users of this website. The accuracy of these name definitions cannot be guaranteed.
Bamborough name origin from early Northumberland early times other name know from the Bamborough is bamburgh as in bamburgh castle, ... [more]
BERRYANNMedieval English (Rare)
The name is pre 7th century Olde English and later Olde French. It derives from the word burri
, translating as a fortress or castle and means 'one who dwelt at the castle'. The suffix 'man' also indicates that it was job descriptive for a guard or keeper of the castle... [more]
BOWEMedieval English, English, Irish (Anglicized)
There are three possible sources of this surname, the first being that it is a metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of bows, a vital trade in medieval times before the invention of gunpowder, and a derivative of the Old English pre 7th Century 'boga', bow, from 'bugan' to bend... [more]
It derives from the early word for a sword ecg, to which was sometimes added a suffix such as wolf.
From the Old English personal name Ella, from the word oelf
meaning "elf" or from the Old English alor
, meaning "alder tree." The name in full would mean "alder tree by a ford" or "Ella who lives by a ford".... [more]
FISHMedieval English, Jewish
From Middle English fische
, fish ‘fish’, a metonymic occupational name for a fisherman or fish seller, or a nickname for someone thought to resemble a fish.... [more]
Early medieval English origin, a patronymic form of Gibbon
, which is a diminutive of Gibb
, a pet form of the given name Gilbert
. Gilbert derives from Gislebert
, a Norman personal name composed of the Germanic elements gisil
, "hostage", "noble youth", and berht
, "bright", "famous".
From Middle English god dai
‘good day’, possibly applied as a nickname for someone who frequently used this greeting.... [more]
[Lavelly} May have been used my early English, in Medieval times. May have been used during the puritans. really little is know about the name by me.
Rare name of medieval English origin. A dialectal variant of the locational name 'Lumb', from places so called in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, and derives from the Old English pre-7th Century 'lum(m)'... [more]
ORANGEMedieval English, Medieval French, English
Derived from the medieval female name, or directly from the French place name. First used with the modern spelling in the 17th century, apparently due to William, Prince of Orange, who later became William III... [more]
Means "Ore hill", likely for iron ore miners. From the Old English ora
, meaning "ore" and hyll
, meaning hill.... [more]
The medieval name is from Old French passe(r)
‘to pass or cross’ + l’ewe
‘the water’, hence a nickname, probably for a ferryman or a merchant who was in the habit of traveling overseas, or else someone who had been on a pilgrimage or crusade.
Means "Blessed", "Happy", and/or "Lucky." By adding an Un- to Seely makes it "Unblessed", "Unhappy", and/or "Unholy." Used primarily in Northern England and Southern Scotland during the Middle English period but is derived from the Old English sǣl and gesǣlig... [more]
SHACKLEFORDEnglish, Medieval English
Locational surname deriving from the place called Shackleford in Surrey, near the town of Farnham. The origin of "shackle" is uncertain. It could be derived from Old English sceacan
"to shake"... [more]
First recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 with that of Warin de Saham, lord of the manor. It is therefore one earliest of all surnames recorded anywhere, being locational from a village called Soham in the county of Cambridgeshire... [more]
English: A topographic name for someone who lived near the trunk or stump of a large tree, Middle English Stocke
(Old English Stocc
). In some cases the reference may be to a primitive foot-bridge over a stream consisting of a felled tree trunk... [more]
THRESTONMedieval English (Rare)
The surname of Threston is English in origin, and, means "to twist"** and, can be traced as far back as the 11th century where the name is found in the "Domesday Book." The name Threston is a variation of the name of the town of Threxton, Norfolk, UK, and, there are several variations of the name Threxton including:... [more]
TROLLOPEEnglish, Medieval English
Derived from the place name Troughburn in Northumberland, England, originally Trolhop, meaning "troll valley". Derived from Old Norse troll
"troll, supernatural being" and hop
"enclosed valley, enclosed land"
Recorded in several forms including Wan, which appears now to be totally obselete, Wann, Wanne, the very rare Whan, the patronymic Wannes and Wanes, the diminutives Wanell, Wannell, Wanniel, and Wonnell, this interesting name is of English origins... [more]
WILDMedieval English, English, German, Jewish
English: from Middle English wild
‘wild’, ‘uncontrolled’ (Old English wilde
), hence a nickname for a man of violent and undisciplined character, or a topographic name for someone who lived on a patch of overgrown uncultivated land.... [more]
It is of locational origin, and derives from the places called Willey in the counties of Cheshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Devonshire and Surrey.
The Yohe surname comes from the Old English word "ea," or "yo," in Somerset and Devon dialects, which meant "river" or "stream." It was likely originally a topographic name for someone who lived near a stream.
Nickname for someone who was born on Christmas Day or had some other connection with this time of year, from Middle English yule
‘Christmastide’ (Old English geol
, reinforced by the cognate Old Norse term jól