Proceedings of the Liverpool Literary & Philosophical Society Volume 9

Proceedings of the Liverpool Literary & Philosophical Society Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...and Noel (i.e. natalis), Pascal, Christopher and Toussaint, are taken from the sacred seasons of Christmas, Easter, Good Friday, and All Saints' Day, on which their founders were probably born. In this case they correspond to the Latin Manius (a child born in the morning), Servius, Festus, &c., and to the names Spring, Summer and Winter among ourselves. Closely allied to these religious names are those which are taken from heathen gods. Such are Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, derived from those heathen idols, who are both mentioned in that passage of Scripture: " Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth," and from the former of these two false gods the Phaanician names Hannibal, Hasdrubal, and others derive their origin. Such names among ourselves are Venus, Julius, Thorsby, Thurton, and Thurstan, though the well known device of the thrush on the tun, to be seen at Fountains Abbey, does suggest a false derivation of the latter. ' Many surnames which appear at first sight almost incomprehensible, turn out, on examination, to be mere corruptions. The roll of Battle Abbey furnishes the key to many of these. Some arise from the substitution of " field" for " ville; " thus Blonde-ville has become Blomfield, and Bosse-ville Boswell. Many again have vastly deteriorated in the process of corruption. Thus the fine old Teutonic name De Hogh Stepe, " Of the High Steep, " has become Huckstep: D'UpHaugh, " Of the Upper Hill," has degenerated into Duppa, Dumont into Dymond, Clear-brook into Clutterbuck, De Ville into Devil, Berchensty into Burster, Dudley into Deadly, and Shaw-field-bottom, as we have already seen, into Shuffiebottom. 1 The translation of surnames is another curious...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236786327
  • 9781236786326