After taking the photo in my previous post I got thinking about surnames. Surnames were often assumed due to the occupation of an individual. Smith due to an ancestor being (e.g.) a blacksmith. Names like Thatcher, Cooper and Fletcher had similar origins.
Just what exactly did someone do to get called Ramsbottom?
@fitheach It may simply be a place name. Surnames are just the officialized versions of descriptive names that people use to differentiate who they're talking about. So "Sean the smith" is as likely as "Rob from Ramsbottom".
At least in our culture. Elsewhere they're more likely to use patronymics or even more complex stuff :)
Possible, but, not as funny. I'd like to think it was an *activity*, not a place.
England has lots of places with "bottom" in the name. Conceivably, there may have been bottoms where male sheep were habitually kept.
@fitheach Could they be from Ramsbottom - the town; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramsbottom 'The name either means "ram's valley" from the Old English ramm, a ram and botm, a valley but could mean a wild-garlic-valley, with the first element representing the Old English hramsa meaning "wild garlic"'
Either explanation seems possible, but, misses the humour potential of it being derived from an activity.
@fitheach Since you speak German, here is a first AND last name:
Not funny enough? Wait!
In attendee lists her name appeared as
Gottschlich, Garnet which would translate from Hessian German to 'God did not sneak at all'. Still makes me crack up 😆
I once saw a scientific publication with an author called Wahrheit (= Truth).
So imagine someone explaining:
As reported by Wahrheit Truth in 1995, science assumes that..
I used to work beside a Dr Payne (pronounced pain, chemistry Phd) and a Dr Love (virologist).
Honorary porn names, I think.
I used to have a customer called De'ath. He was also a doctor.
@fitheach I went to school with someone named Max Payn. Back then, he wanted to be a doctor but I think he went into animatronics/prosthetics for TV/film.
Max is such a useful name for these funny combinations. Always makes me think of the animated character Max Headroom.
@fitheach we had a teacher at school called Mrs Badcock. The joke was that her husband was called Iver. He wasn't.
@fitheach I had a friend in school named Obeldobel. I have no idea what that could mean, but people love the name when they first hear it.
She's become a surgeon, by the way.
That's like a name from a fairy tale. I'm hoping her first name is something like Isobel.
Have you ever tried an Internet search for you own name?
It doesn't work with my name, I'm as common as muck.
my real name is duplicated with around 10 000 other Gen X lads, mostly from Malaysia and Singapore but with a few in UK, some of them even share the same hobbies and interests (I have to warn anyone who uses Linkedin of this duplication)
Younger people with same ancestry more often have a full Chinese name with the two Chinese characters (often transliterated into Western characters) following their Western given name and family name..
@fitheach Yes. I'm lucky. There's a country music duo with my names 😉
(But you'll also find stuff from work I made, so I'm not completely incognito).
@fitheach family names are usually either someone’s son, place, geographical feature, occupation, colour. Guessing Ramsbottom is place (sorry to ruin your joke).
@fitheach How can you tell they're tups from that far away?
Also, that mound looks rather archaeological. Any idea if it is?
The wide angle lens on my smartphone makes them look further away than they actually were.
The mound is the site of an ancient burial ground. Some of the slabs are still visible.
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