Monday, July 21, 2014

Are these the most unusual Nottingham names ever?

University archivists unearth strange monikers from history

By Nottingham Post  |  Posted: July 16, 2014
A drawing of Nottingham's Market Square where markets and fair were held, in the 1800s
A drawing of Nottingham's Market Square where markets and fair were held, in the 1800s
Archivists at the University of Nottingham have unearthed a unique collection of strange names from their document collection.
blog post on the University's Manuscript and Special Collections website listed the names.
All the entries are from archives at the University and are taken from family and estate papers, business records and religious collections.
Kathryn Steenson, Assistant Archivist at the University said: "Some [of the names] were found by staff cataloguing the documents and others from the name-indexing our team of volunteers is working on."
Original Steele, of Clarborough, Nottingham, was presented before the Archdeaconry Court in 1612 for sexual immorality with the wife of William Tomlinson. His job was a ‘sometime’ churchwarden
Barefoot Booth was also a churchwarden in North Wheatley in the 1670s
Restored Bendall, a framework knitter of Nottingham St Mary, was brought before the Archdeaconry court in 1680 for not receiving Holy Communion
Dymock Wallpoole and Marmaduke Witham were among the parties mentioned in a deed poll dated 1704/5
- A baby girl was baptised with the name Mercy Puffin in 1718
- Mr and Mrs Crisp ensured a family surname was carried on when they baptised their son Madewell Crisp on 27th July 1726
Treverse Spilie, whose gender was not clear from records, was baptised in March 1728
Saintly Whitehead, a blacksmith of Trowell, Nottinghamshire, appears in the Archdeaconry Court records in 1774, but lived up to his honest name by acting as a bondsman to guarantee the good conduct of another
Hearsay Wood, aged 22, married Jane Foottitt in 1782 in Newark
Daft Smith, appears several times organising the financial affairs of the late businessman Samuel Morley in the 1790s.
Thoroton Pocklington appears in a series of vouchers and receipts in 1809-1810
Stockdale Avison was a member of Castle Gate Congregational Church in the 1830s
Kitty Bounds appears in a list of founder members of Broad Street General Baptist Church, Nottingham in 1817
- In the same year, Webster Whistler was engaged in correspondence with Lord William Bentinck


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