Is Stringfellow Gaelic Inner Celtic, Pict, Brythonic, Viking, Norman, Angle or Saxon?

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Stringer of bows, strongfellow, maker of bow strings, Scottish, english Snead, Sneed
in The Tree House by Tim Stringfellow G2G1 (1.5k points)

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pre Norman by the looks Tim ... what an interesting name!

by Nicky Blacklock G2G6 Mach 2 (28.5k points)
Thanks, the link does suggest early medieval times. I knew Northumbria was getting warm. I guess Lancashire and Yorkshire are northern industrial areas. If the Wiki world is correct, grandpa came from Edinburgh Midlothian which is more English than Highland "pictish", I suppose. Maybe they supported William Wallace. What caused a Coat of Arms to be granted to a family from Yorkshire in the 13th Century? Would that mean they were favored by Edward? Are you from Britain? My ancestors seem to have married Irish girls. Maybe they sang and looked like the Celtic Women on PBS. What is the difference or what do you look for if a name seems post Norman conquest? I suppose Stringfellow must be Brythonic.

Being a romantic at heart I love to believe that my Scotish ancestors supported William too! 

I guess a coat of arms granted in Edward's reign must mean the grantee made him a happy chap, showed him the desired loyalties, and all that!  Given the number of direct ancestors we all have by the time we get back to those centuries it stands to reason Edward is everybodies grandfather somewhere in their tree (definately a relative at the very least), and King Robert Bruce the same. The mind boggles at the thought of our ancestors being involved in such heinous battles with each other.

My ancestry is mainly UK, with some Swedish & Moravian in there too. I suspect there is also a smidge of native Jamaican, but will never be able to prove it as the male line stopped at my maternal grandfather who is no longer alive. The bloodlines of  those of us descended from emigrants do tend to be like a melting pot of  cultures! It's why I call my tree Aotearoa Soup! ('Aotearoa' being the Maori name for NZ) 

lol ... maybe your ancestors did sing and look like the Irish women on PBS laugh

Heres a couple of interesting articles on names pre & post Norman conquest ....


Happy New Year Tim smiley

Thanks again for the links. Will check them out. Been studying the English county structure as set up today and the past. Should have taken English history in college but Wikipedia is always around. Just read about the College of Arms. Richard III and Mary I were big fans. Studied all the articles on each English monarch since Kate had Georgie. Too bad the little crumb cruncher is too young to hope Charles and Wills will move out of his way before Armageddon. When George goes up the Nanny will have a lot of explaining to the rest of the household and Scotland Yard unless she is able to go up too. Edward seems like one of the best of his era. Edward IV looks to have been a bigger nut job than George III. My maternal name is Snead. That looks like maybe west midlands around Staffordshire. About to watch football all day. Not soccer or kickball. It's similar to Rugby but much faster with mild insanity and more money involved. Regards

lol ... what do you mean the nanny will have a lot of explaining to do? I 'm with you re Charles and Will ~ dreams are free I guess. I think if Charles does become King frown  many here down under will be crying out Republic Republic! 

That baby will be under the age of accountability when the Rapture takes place. I just hope the Nanny is not around to have to explain. Nobody will believe what really happened. She will be committed. If Charles is left here he can flap his ears and fly up and away to heaven behind the saints.
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You can't deduce too much from languages of names.  Timothy is Biblical, but you don't have to be Jewish.  Plumber comes from the Latin word for lead, but that doesn't make Joe Plumber an ancient Roman.

Historical distribution and DNA are the clues to surname origins.  When the studies are done, the likelihood is that all the Stringfellows will descend from one man who probably lived in Cheshire or Lancashire in the 13th or 14th century.

How he acquired that name is anybody's guess.  But he didn't inherit it from a line of Stringfellows going back to the Dark Ages.
by Anonymous Horace G2G6 Pilot (567k points)
Your points are well taken due to other research that lends itself to those same conclusions. However, you assume the 13th and 14th Centuries were the beginning of surnames, the middle class, population expansion and the Black Death. Correct on all counts except one. Surnames started in order to identify and organize the populace for tax considerations and many other practical considerations. Both names are Anglo/Saxon or even original Brythonic which does not rule out post Norman Conquest. It just suggests the 8th or 9th Century as easily as the 13th. Snead and Stringfellow hail from the same county also. That is ironic. The first recorded maternal guy was the Lord of Keele. That was in fact 16th Century. The paternal guy could be pre Norman invasion. Regards
Additional Wiki research indicates early Yorkshire County influence from the Angles after the post Roman Gaelic influence was replaced by the (Anglo Saxon) invasion as far north as Edinburgh. An English name derivative from the close neighboring border country clan name Armstrong or strong fellow. Name origins can be subjective but not necessarily random with little or no logical foundation. Similar to genealogy. It all comes from somewhere in the past usually before written record. Meaning logically things such as this started before the end of the Middle Ages. In this case when British surnames began. British given names are not comparable to surnames. Records prove first names are handed down based on New Testament Greek as much if not more than original Hebrew. Dorcas instead of Tabitha being an example. Some repeated given names are Old Testament prophets but most appear to be Christian. John, Paul, Peter, James, Andrew etc. None of which have much to do with a one or more continuous surname holding a specific geographic, regional and cultural tie. Particularly in the relevant area of pre Williamsburg Jamestown or Plymouth.
The determination here is Angle after further study and logical deduction.
I'm with RJ Horace on this one. I would then add that I also find it difficult to consider this a Brythonic name. When establishing the origins of names it is essential to trace the earliest record, but do so from the present to ensure a continuity.

The fact a name existed in the thirteenth or fourteenth century does not mean that the name continued down the generations. Ultimately though, assuming that you can trace the name back all that distance, then you really need to look at the contemporaneous spelling in order to try and ascertain the etymological origins.

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