Our surnames can provide a great deal of information on the history of England. Some of the surnames that are particularly common to Cheshire give us an insight into the variety of languages and cultures that have contributed to the county’s unique identity. For example, the names Pleavin, Skellern, and Hockenhull (all much more common to Cheshire than any other county) show influence from Welsh, Old Norse, and the Middle English West Midland dialect respectively.
Dr Harry Parkin, Lecturer in English Language at the University of Chester, will present a brief history of surnames in England, before looking in detail at the etymology and development of some of the names that are strongly associated with Cheshire. This lecture will discuss how our understanding of English regional history can be enhanced through an awareness of the country’s surnames, while also showing how a linguistic understanding of our own surnames can often improve our knowledge of family history
Lunchtime Lectures is a collaboration between Storyhouse and the University of Chester, providing an open platform for debate on a range of topics and fascinating subjects.
They take place on the third Tuesday of each month.