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Surname Saturday – COMLEY

Comley, a locational surname possibly deriving from the village of Comley in Shropshire, is a prominent name in The Man’s family tree. The earliest Comley I have researched is John Comley, husband of Sarah, who died in 1743 in Great Somerford, Wiltshire.  Sarah, died in Great Somerford, 14 years earlier. John and Sarah welcomed 7 children into the world namely Jeffrey, Thomas, Theophilius, Elizabeth, John, Joseph and William. **** Jeffrey Comley married Dinah Porter in the early 18th century.    They […]

Surname Saturday – Attewell

Attewell, a topographical surname of Anglo-Saxon origin, is derived from the Olde English ‘aet’ and ‘wiella’, meaning “At Well/Spring or Stream”.  This ‘aet wiella’ developed into the Middle English ‘atte well’. 1 Attewell is not a very prominent name in the Man’s family, the relationship came about through a marriage during the middle of the 19th Century.  The Attewell family lived in Shirenewton, Monmouthshire throughout the 1800’s, however these are not to be confused with the Attwell’s living in Newport […]

Surname Saturday – Hughes

This week the focus of Surname Saturday is the patronymic surname ‘Hughes’. While the origin of the name is apparently in Wales my Hughes history has taken me out of Wales into the Black Country. Follow my ancestor’s journeys from Shropshire to Worcestershire and Staffordshire then on to Monmouthshire. My earliest Hughes (so far) is John Hughes.  John married Sarah around the turn of the 19th century, possibly in Shropshire. They had several children including Thomas (1809), James (1811), Joseph […]

Surname Saturday : Bruce

This week, the name that is the focus of my Saturday post is the one that I’ve (rather ashamedly) given the most time, the most thought.  Part of my reason is down to the story of Robert the Bruce…. Braveheart!!!  What a family story that would be!  However, the realist in me says that is never going to happen.  I’m not THAT deranged.  The earliest Bruce in my tree is William Bruce.  William’s place of birth is still eluding me, […]

Surname Saturday : Weeks

Weeks, an English surname that is topographical and/or occupational, has been one I’ve enjoyed researching.  Interestingly, my Weeks I have (thanks to FreeREG) managed to follow the line back to Stowey, Somerset.  However, this is based on parish records already transcribed, there could still be more and the information is only as reliable as the information that has been uploaded. Thomas (the Younger) Weeks was buried in Stowey, Somerset on 21st February 1781.  His wife, Sarah, died 13 months earlier […]

#Surnames Saturday 1 – Boulter

Boulter is believed to be an occupational surname that originated in England.  In 1881 there were 241 Boulter’s in London; however, the surname was most prominent in Leicestershire.  Currently there are around 2000 Boulter’s in the UK. Today, we are visiting the Boulter’s who lived in Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire during the later 1800’s. Thomas Boulter was born about 1829 in Newbridge-on-Wye, Radnorshire, until the first quarter of 1851, nothing is known about his life.  He married Mary Daniel before 30th […]