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Godhelmian Surnames

Bicknell Anglo-Saxon origin and is a locational surname

Chalcroft Anglo-Saxon origin and is a locational or topgraphical surname (dweller by the calve's croft)

Charman Derived from an occupation, the 'charer'  or 'charman', a driver of the char or chare

Colpus Topographical name of English origin (someone living by a cold pond)

Covey Rare and unusual surname can be a dialectal variant of the surname Coffey

Cranstock     Apologies we have not researched this name yet

Debenham    Locational placename of Olde English pre- 7th Century and usually described a river

Denyer         Anglo-Saxon origin, topographical Olde English pre-7th Century, describing a dweller in the dene or valley

Edwards       Son of Edward, Olde English pre-7th Century

Ellis              This surname of many surnames is a "crusader" import to Europe from the Holy Land

Elson            English locational name recorded in the 948 Saxon Charters, may be a derivative of Ellis

Elston          Patronymic form of the surname Ellis

Enticknapp   A locational and topographical surname, derived from a place in Surrey that is now lost, one meaning is believed to be valley of the Wild Duck

Etherington  An Anglo-Saxon locational name could be derived from Olde English "Haeferingtun"

Goddard       Norman origin from the personal name Golhard

Godfrey        English surname, Germanic and Anglo-Saxon pre 7th Century origins and derives from personal name God- Frida

Gorringe       English locational name, recorded as Garinges in the Domesday Book of 1086

Gravestock   Apologies we have not researched this name yet

Hackman      Occupational name for a servant (middle English man) or topographical name for someone living near hedge or enclosure

Hampton      Anglo-Saxon locational name, recorded in the 1086 Domesday book as Hantune, Hantone, Hamntone and Hantun

Hardin          English locational surname, can also be Hardan, Harden, Hardin and Hardene

Holden English habitational name, from Olde English 'hol' 'hollow' 'sunken' deep and 'denu' (valley

Holt              Pre 7th Century English or German origin, topographical or locational given to someone living by wood or copse, derived from the word holt meaning wood

Ketchall        Variant of Kedge, middle English meaning lively, brisk

Ketchell        One of the very earliest recorded, pre-7th Century, Olde Norse-Viking origins, derived from the male personal name of Ketill

Larby            Medieval and English origin and is locational from a so called lost village, associated with pre-7th Century  Lyrel (Personal name) with beorg meaning hill

Lewer           Patronymic variation of 'Ewer which itself is of early Medieval origin'

Linnegar       Derived from the Olde English word lin meaning flax and the word aecer meaning cultivated field

Luff              English surname recorded as Love, Luff and Louve, the first as a derivative of the Old English pre 7th Century personal name "Lufa"

Mandevich    Apologies we have not researched this name yet.

Merllersh      Is a habitation name, that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Mullard         A dialectal variant of the occupational name of English variant Millward, early records date back to 1625 of a marriage recorded in the name of Mullard

Nye            Anglo-Saxon topographical surname acquired in the first instance by someone who lived on a river or on an island (Olde English pre-7th Century phrase "at the river"

Pennicott     Locational English surname dating back to the mid 16th Century, "Pen" meaning enclosure and "Cot" meaning cottage

Peto            French origin, first record in England in the early part of the 13th Century

Pincott        It is almost certainly locational from a lost medieval place, similar to Pencott could mean a "cottage on the hill"

Purdy          Medieval English but of Norman-French origins. Could mean "God safe".

Stovold        Recorded in several forms including Stofold, Stovold, Stovell, Stovall, Stoval, Stovel (English) and Stoffel, originated in Greece, derives from ancient personal name of Christopher

Strudwick     English medieval derivative name translates as the "farm (wic) on the marshland (strod)". The first recorded spelling of the family name dates to June 15th 1584

Sumners       Old French and early Medieval origin, from a term introduced into England after the Norman Conquest in 1066.  An occupational surname for an official given responsibility for ensuring witnesses appeared in Court. A summoner

Swansborough Anglo-Saxon origin variant of Swanbourne which iteself is locational. Sveneborne is recorded in the Domesday book of 1086, derives its first element from the Old English pre 7th Century "swan"

Taggett        Recorded in many forms, it is a Gaelic surname

Tickner         Southern English, topographical name for someone who lived at a crossroads or fork in the road

Wiggins        Old English name has two possible derivations, the first being from the Breton personal name "Wincon" or "Uicon" introduced after the Conguest of 1066, the name means worthy, high or noble.  The personal name is recorded in the Domesday book of 1086

Please note these are just a sample of the most often recorded surnames that are found in Godalming Burial registers, this list will grow as more people undertake their Godalming Ancestral research