I was most interested in the contents of this message. For the last twenty or more years I have been researching the family name of Thake. In certain East Anglian parishes there is a confusion in the references in parish registers between the names of Thake and Fake. Quite naturally in making a blanket search for Thake references I have also collected numerous Feake references. Bury St. Edmunds St. James is a good example of the confusion. However, I ought to mention that Bury St. Edmunds is in Suffolk and not in Norfolk.This is quite significant since there are a number of Feake families in both counties. Differences in spelling the names is probably due to the degree of literacy of the parish clerk. As you metion the deivation of many of the surnames are through the development of Old and Middle English through the influences of the settlement of nordic and Saxon people.
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