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Merseyside Surnames

Are any of these in your family tree?

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CAMIDGE

This derives from the French village of Gamaches.

DAWBER

This is an occupation­al surname relating to builders using wattle and daub: a woven lattice of wooden strips daubed with sticky material.

FORWOOD

There are concentrat­ions of this name found in both Lancashire and Kent.

KEHOE

This is a variant of the Irish surname Keogh, from Mac Eochaidh meaning ‘son of Eochaidh’.

MELLING

This is found frequently in Preston and Wigan.

MOLYNEUX

In the 1881 census Knowsley, Wigan and Toxteth Park were all Molyneux hotspots.

NICKSON

This relationsh­ip name comes from the Middle English personal name Nikke.

RIMMER

In 1881 many Rimmers were recorded in Birkdale, Everton, Formby, Liverpool and North Meols.

SHARPLES

This name derives from Sharples Hall near Bolton.

TYRER

This was an Anglo-Saxon nickname for someone who was stubborn or obstinate.

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