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As a result surnames were not fixed and changed from generation to generation. It works like this: Note that I have used English spellings here - you may find traditional Welsh or Latin spellings in early documents Sometimes the word 'ap' originally 'mab' meaning 'son of' was incorporated into the new surname.
Thus Owen could be Bowen; Richard could be Prichard: Evan could be Bevan; Huw could be Pugh.
John usually became Jones. Names such as Edward and William had an 's' added thus becoming Edwards and Williams. Names ending in 's' like Thomas remained unchanged.
Girls were sometimes 'verch' or 'ferch' meaning 'daughter of' and abbreviated to 'vch' or 'vz'. Traditionally women kept their maiden names when they married as there no surname for them to adopt.
You very rarely see parish register entries using the word 'ap' or 'verch'. This practice continued up until the early s in some areas, with rural areas clinging to the patronymic system longer than urban areas.
Areas where English influence was strong abandoned patronymics earlier as did town families and the wealthy. The IGI takes 1 January as the cut-off date - before this date all IGI entries are listed using patronymic naming system, regardless of what the actual entry contained.
In practice most people had already adopted surnames by and by the census examples are very few and far between. The years of transition from patronymics were ones of confusion and it is essential to look for both patronymic and fixed surnames when researching families in the 18th century.
In the IGI, searches should be done in the given name index as well as the surname index. A man may have decided to use a fixed surname - but the village priest may have insisted on using patronymics in the parish register when he married him or baptised his children.
Some people changed from patronymics to surnames half way through their families so that some children may use patronymics whilst their younger brothers and sisters use a surname. Sometimes a man would change from a patronymic to a surname at the time of his marriage - but his brothers may chose to continue with patronymics.
Every family is different and you need to be aware that surnames use was not standardised for a while. Even when a family did chose to use a surname, they were often reluctant to relinquish patronymics completely and the children of a marriage would use the patronymic name as an unofficial middle name.
Sometimes this would be incorporated as a double surname and sometimes as a forename. This practice could be continued for generations and may give you clues as to the ancestry of your family. The use of patronymics leads to a problem for modern day researchers - the Welsh surname stock is very limited because the modern surname is simply the forename of the man who last used the patronymic system in any particular family.
A limited stock of forenames led to a limited stock of surnames; the main patronymic surnames are listed below. Welsh communities are full of families bearing the same few surnames but who are completely unrelated and it cannot be claimed that everyone named Jones or Evans must be related to everyone else named Jones or Evans!
All they have in common is an ancestor whose forename was John or Evan! The biggest mistake you can make in Welsh Family History research is to fail to realise how limited the Welsh naming stock is and how Welsh surnames originated!
Among the most common Patronymic surnames found in Wales today are: Popular in Wales from 15th century Williams - from William or Gwilym Because the naming stock was so limited, some people distinguished themselves through nicknames based on physical characteristics.
Some of these became used as actual surnames e. Nicknames or occupations were more often used to identify people with a common forename or surname rather than by an actual surname and are still in use today e.
Jones the butcher; Tom Fawr etc.
Occasionally these became adopted as surnames. A few Welsh surnames are taken from places names e. Loughor, Sutton, Mostyn, Conway. Wace, Asse, Badham, Baddam. Adams - a biblical name common as a surname in England before Wales.
Adda is the popular Welsh version. Adda, Athoe, Atha, Batha, Bathoe. Adda - Welsh version of the name Adams.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain is a must read classic.
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