Where Did That Name Come From? – Saturday, March 17, 2018

Howard Mathieson will be speaking to us on Saturday, March 17, about The Geography of English Surnames. The development of surnames in the British Isles was a complex process. Historically, successive waves of Angles, Saxons and Danes left their imprint on the landscape of England in the form of a rich tapestry of place names. These place names in turn laid the foundation for thousands of English surnames. The presentation will demonstrate the approach used by surname researchers to trace a surname to its origin.

Attention will focus on the underlying regional character of the English landscape, examining the pattern of Saxon and Scandinavian place names and the distinctive surnames which resulted.

Surname case studies reflecting the regional geography of England will conclude the presentation. Examples will be drawn from the woodlands, as well as the agricultural and textile industries. The presentation ends with a distribution of surnames that have been provided by our members. Watch for an email requesting your list of surnames you would like to be included.

Howard  is a member of the Manitoba Genealogical Society and the Guild of One Name Studies. He has published numerous articles in the Journal of One Name Studies and he maintains The Geography of Surnames website. In addition, he administers several Facebook Groups, including the Surname Distribution Maps, the Ulster Scots-Scots Irish Genealogy, and the Google Earth® for Genealogists.

The handout for this presentation is available to PCGS members only on our website in the Secure Download area. Remember to select Members Only to login, then navigate to Secure Download on the left navigation panel.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two of our meetings as guests. All attendees are eligible for the door prizes.

DATE:    Saturday, March 17, 2018

TIME:    1:00pm – 3:00pm

PLACE:  Banner-University Medical Center
Duval Auditorium (Room 2600)
1501 N. Campbell Rd.
Tucson, AZ

                PARKING IS FREE