Surname Saturday

Surname Saturday – Spink

The surname Spink in my family tree is from my paternal line.  At the moment I have 27 people with this surname.  The earliest person is my 4x great grandfather William Spink who was born about 1764, probably in the Linton area of the Yorkshire Dales.

According to surnamedb the name Spink is of Anglo-Saxon origin.  It is said to derive from a nickname given in the first instance to someone thought to resemble a finch in some way.  Possibly with reference to its brightly coloured plumage or sweet singing voice.

A large number of early medieval surnames were gradually created from the habitual use of nicknames, given with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as

– a person’s physical attributes or peculiarities

– mental or moral qualities

– a fancied resemblance to an animal’s or bird’s appearance or disposition

– habits of dress, or

– occupation

The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Roger Spinc dated 1133 in the “Chartulary of Ramsey Monastery”, Bedforshire.  Other early recordings are :-

Thomas Spink listed in the Assize Rolls of Northumberland in 1256; the marriage of Edmonde Spincke and Alice Madison in Stepney, London on 5th September 1604; and the marriage of Stephen Spink and Ann Ring on 29th October 1696.


Surname Saturday – Tattersall

I have only one Tattersall in my family tree – that is my 2x great grandmother Sarah.  I haven’t so far been able  to find any concrete proof of her parents.

From  the information in the census returns I think she was born about 1836, possibly in Keighley, West Yorkshire.  When Sarah married James Buckley in 1857 her father’s name was omitted from the marriage certificate.  This suggests to me that she may not have known who her father was.  That is my brick wall as far as Sarah is concerned.

So, what about the surname itself.  Well, according to surnamedb Tattersall is said to be an ancient English name of great complexity.  There are a huge number of spellings including – Tattersall, Tattershall, Tattershaw, Tattersill, Tattersdill, Tettersell, Tetsall, Tittersell, Totterell and Tatarsahll.

The name is believed to originate from a place in Lincolnshire called Tattershall.  This village is recorded as Tateshale in the Domesday Book of 1086 and as Tatesala in a survey of Lincolnshire in 1115.

The surname is also concentrated in Lancashire around the towns of Bury, Bolton and Burnley.

According to the British Surnames website in the 1881 census there were 3174 people with the surname Tattersall in Lancashire and 644 in Yorkshire.  There are no significant numbers in any other county and Lincolnshire doesn’t feature in the top ten.

Surname Saturday – Buckley

There are 54 Buckley’s so far in my tree.  The earliest is my 3x great grandfather, Thomas Buckley.

According to surnamedb Buckley is of Anglo-Saxon origin.  It is said to be a locational name from a number of places such as Buckleigh in Abbotsham (Devon), Buckley Heath in Sussex and Buckley Green in Warwickshire.

Most of the place names derive from the Olde English pre 7th century “bucc(a), meaning a he-goat, plus “leah” – a clearing or wood.

In Ireland the surname is said to be found as an Anglicised form of the Gaelic “O’Buachalla” – a byname meaning cowherd or servant.

The name is believed to be first recorded in the early half of the 13th century and include William de Bockeleye in the Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire in 1332.  Also John Buckley in the 1545 Subsidy Rolls of Wiltshire.

These days there are many variant spellings of the surname such as Bucklee and Buckleigh.

Among the earliest namebearers to settle in the New World Colonies were Ben Buckley (aged 11years) and Daniell Buckley (aged 9 years), who left the port of London bound for New England in April 1635 aboard the “Suzan and Ellin”

The first recorded spelling of the family name is said to be Alan de Buckeleg which is dated 1235 in the Feet of Fines of Warwickshire.

Surname Saturday – Dinsdale

The surname Dinsdale appears six times in my family tree.  The earliest person is John Dinsdale, my 3x great grandfather.  The other five are all his children – four daughters and one son:-

Elsy – born about 1816

John – born  about 1819

Mary – born about 1819

Hannah – born about 1821 (my 2x great grandmother)

Alice – born about 1824

According to surnamedb Dinsdale is of locational origin from places called “Low Dinsdale” in Durham, recorded as “Ditneshall” in the Early Yorkshire Charters (c1185) and “Over Dinsdale” in Yorkshire, appearing as “Digneshale” in the Domesday Book of 1086.

My Dinsdale’s appear to come from Arncliffe in the Yorkshire Dales.  So far I have not had much success in finding them in the census records but I am having another go after I finish writing and publishing this post.

Surname Saturday – Paley

The Paley surname is on my paternal side of the family.  So far I have a total of 38 Paley ancestors.  The earliest confirmed Paley is my 3x great grandfather William (1797-1882).  I have identified from Family Search a Margaret Payley as a possible mother of William but I haven’t yet been to examine the parish records.

According to surnamedb Paley is of English locational origins.  It is said to derive from a hamlet within the parish of Giggleswick, North Yorkshire, known as Paley Green.  In the 18th century Paley Green consisted of just two farms.

My Paley’s certainly appear to come from this area.

Early recordings of the name include Robertus de Palay of Littondale, in the parish of Arncliffe in the 1379 Poll Tax Rolls; and John Paley of Melling, also in Yorkshire, whose will was recorded at Chester in 1591.

As the name moved away from its original roots the spellings became more varied and include Palay, Paley, Payley, Palley, Pally, Paylie and Paily.

Church recordings include examples such as Edward Palia, christened at St. Mary at Hill, London on 23rd August 1568.  Also Elizabeth Palley, who married Robert Hales at St. James church, Clerkenwell, London on 12th September 1612.

There is said to be an interesting recording in Barbados in the parish registers of 1679.  That is of Adrian Paily who held five acres of land and had one servant.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be Adam de Palay, which is dated 1379 in the Poll Tax Rolls for Giggleswick.

Here is a link to the Langcliffe village website and an article about the Paley family of Langliffe and Ampton.  I haven’t yet found a direct link to the Paley’s mentioned in the article but I’m sure that there is one.

Surname Saturday – Astin

I have only seven Astin’s so far in my family tree – it is a name I haven’t researched very much.  The earliest Astin is my 3x great grandfather Robert who was born about 1805 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  The other six are Robert’s children including my 2x great grandmother Ann who was born about 1831 in Rough Lee, Lancashire.

According to surnamedb Astin is of Old Scandinavian (Norse) origin, and is a Norman form of the Old Norse personal name “Asketill”.  It was apparently a popular male personal name before the Norman Conquest of 1066, having been introduced by Viking invaders many years earlier.

The name can be found in the Domesday Book of 1086 as “Aschil”.  There is a Robertus filius (a son of) Astin mentioned in 1219 in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire.

The surname itself was first recorded in the early 13th Century, and one Hugh Astyn was listed in the Assize Court Rolls of Yorkshire in 1297.  Also John Asketyn and William Hastin were both noted in the Assize Court Rolls of Kent in 1317.

Recordings from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Ales Astin and Amys Allin at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, on April 13th 1602, and the marriage of Henrie Astin and Jane Ginninges on October 16th 1615, at St. Dunstan’s, Stepney. There is a William Astin buried in the parish of St. Michael’s, in the Barbadoes, on July 30th 1678.

Modern day variants  include Askin, Astins, Ashken, Haskin, Haskins and Hasting. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of John Astin, which was dated 1230, in the “Pipe Rolls of Devonshire”

Surname Saturday – Gawthrop

The surname Gawthrop features in my paternal line.  My 2x great grandmother is Ellen Gawthrop (1824-1892) and my 3x great grandfather is Martin Gawthrop (1800-1860). I haven’t yet been able to find any concrete evidence for Martin’s parents but continue to research the name.

According to surnamedb  the name is of Old Norse origin, and is a locational name from either of two places in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Gawthope near Dewsbury is recorded as “Goukethorpe” in the 1274 Wakefield Court Rolls, and Gawthorpe near Huddersfield is recorded as “Goutthorp” in the 1297 Subsidy Rolls.

The derivation of the placename is from the Old Norse “gaukr”, cuckoo, and “thorp”, enclosure, hamlet, village; hence, “village where cuckoo’s frequented”.

During the Middle Ages, when migration for the purpose of job-seeking was becoming more common, people often took their former village name as a means of identification, thus resulting in a wide dispersal of the name.

The surname has many variant spellings ranging from Gawthrope, Gowthrop and Gawthrop, to Gawthorp, Gawthorpe and Gowthorpe. Recordings of the surname from Yorkshire Church Registers include: the marriage of Beatrice Gawthorpe and Henry Leigh, which took place at Howden, on May 10th 1572; the marriage of Richard Gawthorpe and Elizabeth Holroyd, which took place on February 14th 1573, at Halifax; and the christening of Robert, son of Thomas Gawthorpe, on August 28th 1580, at Aberford.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Jane Galthorpe, which was dated August 15th 1540, when she married Roger Belman, at Rotherham, South Yorkshire, during the reign of King Henry V111.