Due to a recent heat wave that reduced me to sitting with a booklight reading a paperback and fanning myself with a lovely sandalwood fan (the power went out), I’ve been learning a lot about surnames. The paperback is, you see, a history book.
I guess most of us know that names like Miller and Baker are occupational names, and you might know Cooper (made barrels) and Brewster (brewed ale) are too. The ones I’ve been excited about getting to know – because I do get excited by this stuff! – are Hayward and Woodward who were the people in charge of overseeing the hay and wood in English villages in the period when surnames came into use.
I also like Fleming. Which was someone from Flanders, post Norman conquest of England.