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Information on the Trubshawes, Spicers, McKinnons, Woods and beyond!

Family NamesEdit

Clicking the surnames below will take you to the list of people with that surname:

Dykes - An unusual surname, thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, it possibly originated from Dykesfield, a hamlet in Cumbria[1]. The surname literally means "of the dyke"; this is thought to be related to Hadrian's Wall - which Dykesfield is not far away from - and could be classed as a dyke of sorts.

McKinnon - This old Gaelic surname was originally McFhinoghan meaning "son of the fair born"[2], and dates back to possibly as early as 728AD [3]. The clan's motto is "AUDENTES FORTUNA JUVAT" ("fortune favours the bold"[4]. Not much of the early history of the clan is known, although it is associated with the Isles of Mull and Skye.

Pomeroy - The surname Pomeroy is thought to have come from the 11th Century, loosely meaning something along the lines of "orchard of apple trees" (pomme - French for apples; pommeraie from the Modern French meaning a collection of apple trees[5]). The original surname is probably Le Pomeraye from Lower Normandy, and there is a chance that it originally came from one of the three brothers - Radulphus - that came over to England with William the Conqueror and "took the surname de la Pommerai (of the apple-orchard"[6]).

Seehra - This surname is Indian, but the origins of its meaning are currently unknown.

Spicer - The surname Spicer is thought to have originally come from three brothers who followed William the Conqueror into England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066AD[7]. The origin of the surname is thought to have derived from the Old French word especier which was then originally from the Latin word speciarius. The name means a "grocer", druggist, or "seller of spices"[8].

Trubshawe - This is a fairly unusual surname, and supposedly dates back to around the Anglo-Saxon period (pre-1066AD). It is thought to have come from the place name, Trubshaw, Tunstall, Staffordshire, with Trubshaw coming from two Old English words; trow, meaning faithful or steadfast, and sceaga, meaning a small wood or copse (a shaw) [9]. The Trubshawe ancestors were mainly architects or stone masons; the Trubshawe family motto is aedifico, a Latin term essentially meaning "(I) build".

Wood - A relatively common name, it historically was meant as a surname for people who worked or lived in the woods or forest, however a secondary derivative for it was used to describe someone who was eccentric or violent, as the Old English for wild is wad or wōd [10]. For this family tree, the name Wood is Scottish in origin, however it is a surname found worldwide. Clan Wood are thought to be from North Esk, Largo Bay and Angus, and their motto is "Tutus in Undis" ("safe in water"[11]).

  4. Smibert, Thomas. The Clans of the Highlands of Scotland. Edinburgh: James Hogg. 1850, pp147

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