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Domesday Book

This page summarizes our review of the Domesday Book in regard to surnames.

Findings

By the time of the Domesday Book some wealthy landowners in England had surnames. We have found among those named at least three men (all Norman noblemen) and two with brothers or fathers who bore the same second name. Most at this time are known either by their titles, their birthplaces, their French estates or a nickname . (The Earl of Chester was nicknamed Hugh Lupus, "Hugh the Wolf", for his treatment of the Welsh.)