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June 5th, 2012, 02:50 PM
Apparently many English surnames (Carpenter, Miller) originated with the trades in which those so named were occupied. How many can you think of?
June 5th, 2012, 02:59 PM
Cooper- i believe that is a person who makes wooden barrels and buckets, etc.
June 5th, 2012, 03:00 PM
oh, and Weaver-- textiles or basketry
June 5th, 2012, 03:01 PM
Potter, works with clay
June 5th, 2012, 03:05 PM
Smith - blacksmith
June 5th, 2012, 03:06 PM
Tailor (Taylor) - should be obvious.
June 5th, 2012, 03:27 PM
Currier - Took care of the horses
Collier - Coal Miner
Thatcher - Roofer
Tinker - Repaired small metal items like pots and pans.
Freeman, Burgess, Reeve - Free men of the villiage of various ranks.
June 5th, 2012, 04:14 PM
Schumacher - shoe maker.
June 5th, 2012, 04:24 PM
Cook - person who prepares food most anywhere (exception: McDonalds)
June 5th, 2012, 04:39 PM
Stallmann ( German ancestral name) meaning a worker in the stables
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