Inkpen Family Genealogy Forum
Yvone, we are not ALL named after where our ancestors came from. Only manorial families could bear the name of the manor at the time when surnames were forming in England. ALthough it may be that later in time some people took the names of their masters, in my many years of study of these names, I have found that, by and large, if your family has a manorial surname, then they are descended from the lords of that manor somewhere along the line.
Commoners, when they assumed surnames, usually took a version of their father's name (eg Jackson, Wilson) or a nickname (eg White, Short, Priest) or an occupational name (egSmith, Wright).
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