What's a good 17th century surname?

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What's a good 17th century surname?

Postby Henri De Ceredigion » Tue Oct 01, 2013 11:06 pm

I am writing my own version of the Musketeer stories and am making good progress but have come to a grinding halt on the issue of surnames, specifically a suitable 17th century surname for the Duke of Buckingham's butler and was hoping that I might get some ideas from members?

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Postby Medicus Matt » Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:58 am

The vast majority of English surnames that' are in use today?

Forenames change with fashion, surnames....not so much.

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Postby Phil the Grips » Wed Oct 02, 2013 10:15 am

"Smith" is a pretty sure bet from the Iron Age onwards

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Postby Mark Griffin » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:21 am

Stuart has a nice ring to it. And as servants often took the surnames of their masters, your choice is a wide one.

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Postby Lord High Everything Esle » Fri Dec 06, 2013 10:47 am

My favourite 17thC name is "Praise Be To God Barebones", after who the Barbones parliament is named.

Ben Johnson has some good forenames in "the Alchemist"


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Postby Sasha » Fri Dec 06, 2013 1:55 pm

Several real names here taken from a muster roll.


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Re: What's a good 17th century surname?

Postby Strafford » Fri Jan 29, 2016 8:00 pm

Cromwell was quite successful. Stuart was a no no.

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Re: What's a good 17th century surname?

Postby de Coverley » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:45 am

Fletcher, Carver, Butcher, Smith, Forester -trades of the period. John Playford, Mr Cosgill, Mr Beveridge, Miss Sayer
Farrier, Currier, Brewer. Seriously up market names may still hark back to the French/Norman De Beer, De Burgh. Add a smattering of Dutch influence especially in East Anglia

Don't know what they were but Nottingham has Warser Gate and Pilcher Gate, the Gate coming from the Danish Gade meaning way but what were the names from? Trades?

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