When I was at a bit of a loose end over the weekend I thought I would have a trawl through my database and see if I could come up with a recorded occupation for all letters of the alphabet.
I realised pretty quickly that unless I had someone who worked in a zoo or made / played the xylophone I would come up short. Anyway in the end I was left with X, Y and Z. I thought I must be able to get something for Y – especially coming from Yorkshire, but no luck.
Here’s my list with some examples from the census returns. CAN YOU DO ANY BETTER? Let me know.
|A||Agricultural Labourer; Asylum Attendant|
|B||Blacksmith; Butcher; Builder; Baker|
|C||Crofter; Carter; Coal Dealer; Collier|
|D||Domestic Servant; Dressmaker|
|E||Engine Tenter; Earthenware Painter|
|F||Fence Waller; Farmer; Farm Labourer; Forge Man|
|G||General Labourer; Gardener; Grocer|
|H||Housekeeper; Hawker; Hatter|
|I||Inn Keeper; Iron Worker|
|J||Journeyman Tailor; Jobbing Smith|
|L||Linsey Weaver; Limeburner|
|M||Miner; Mangler: Marine Fitter|
|N||Nail Maker; Nurse; National Benefit Trust Agent|
|P||Power Loom Weaver (Worsted); Paper Maker; Potter; Preacher|
|R||Rag Gatherer; Railway Plate Layer|
|S||Stone Waller; Sawyer; Servant; Shoe Maker; Shepherd|
|T||Tollgate Keeper; Tailor; Tobacconist|
|W||Warpdresser; Washerwoman: Wagon Fitter|