[From J. J. Kneen - Personal Names, 1937 ]

[please see abbreviations & classification guides - few of these names are native Manx, I have linked to wills/earlier mentions etc]



Abelson VI.
Abelson, SL. 1430, -LA. 1511, 1643. 'Son of Abel.' v. Mac Caball.
Adams VI.
Adams, PR. 3. 1725, - Reg.Ds. 1749, 1757, 1827, PR. 8. 1773, 1810, - PR. 1. 1821.Adam's (son).
Addy III.
Addy, PR. 1. 1770, - PR. 11. 1772; Mac Addy, PR. 11. 1829. G. Mac Ádaidh, 'son of Ádaidh' or 'Addy' (a dim. of Adam). Cf. AI. Mac Cady, Cady, Addy; Eng. Addison.
Aeree X.
Aeree, PR. 1. 1799.'of Airey' (Cumb. p.n.).
Affleck X.
Affleck, PR. 11. 1768, - MI. 3. 1776. A corr. of Auchinleck. Sir Edmund Affleck, created Baronet in 1782, was sixth in descent from Sir John Auchinleck.
Aghton X.
Aghton, LA. 7. 1511; Aughton, LE. 6 B. 1580. ' of Aughton' (Lancs. p.n.). Gibbon Aghton was the holder of Ballaughton, Kirk Braddan, 1511. v. KPN. p. 180.
Agnew [ ag'nju ] X.
Agnieu, Reg.Ry. 1787, 1812. From Agneaux (Manche). John de Aygneaus [Chart.R. ]. Fr. agneau, 'lamb'.
Aislake X.
Aislake, RD. 1797. 'of Aislake' (Eng. p.n.). Wm. James Aislake, private in the SVC. 1797 (RD.) [misreading Wm James Aislabie - married Jane Heywood at Kk Michael 11 Nov 1797 - no known children or burial].
Alcar X.
Alcar, LA. 10, 11. 1511; Alcough, PR. 12. 1654. 'of Altcar' (Lancs. p.n.) [Altkarre can be pushed back to c.1428].
Alexander VII.
Alexander, MM. vol. ii, Ds. 1730, - Reg.Ds. 1735, 1770, - Reg.SG. 1793. 1810. v. Callister.
Alder XI.
Alder, Reg.Ds. 1757.'of the alder' from residence thereby.
Allen [ al'an ] VII.
Aleyn, LA. 3, 4, 9, 10. 1511; Alayne, PR. 1540; Allen, PR. 1648, - PR. 2. 1751. v. Callin. The Kirk Maughold branch gave their name to Ballellin and produced several distinguished Mx. clerics who were successive vicars of the parish. Another considerable branch in Kirk Patrick gave its name to Slieau Whallian. v. KPN. pp. 281, 365. Cf. AI. Allen, Allin.
Allison [ al'asan ] VI.
Allison, PR. 1. 1746, - Reg.SG. 1812, - PR. 10. 1776. From some name commencing with Al-such as Alexander. Or a metronymic from Alice or some such name.
Almond X.
Almond, PR. 6. 1707, - PR. 1. 1788. Probably from the N. de Alemayne, i.e. from Alemaigne, or Germany. Under the form Alamán, angl. Aleman, Allman, it still survives in Kerry, Ireland.
Anderson [ an'darsan ] VI.
Anderson, BH. 10. 1495, - PR. 3. 1722, - MI. 9. 1764, - PR. 3. 1780, - Reg.SM. 1827, 'Son of Andrew.' A trans. of Mac Andras, q.v. Thomas Anderson was SH. in 1495. Pers Anderson was R. of the Peele in 1532. Thomas Anderson was Steward of the Peele in 1534. Jas. Anderson, a private in the SVC. 1797 (RD.).
Andrews VI.
Andrews, MI. 15. 1757, - Reg.SG. 1818. v. Mac Andras.
Annatt [ en'ot ] VII.
Annatt, Reg.Ds. 1798, 1804; Ennett, Reg.SG. 1825, - Reg.Ds. 1822. A metronymic dim. of Ann or Agnes.
Annesley X.
Annesley, MI. 6. 1796. 'of Annesley' (Notts. p.n.); now Ainsley [in Bur Reg Grace Ansley].
Ansdell X.
Ansdell, PR. 13. 1662. 'of Ainsdale' (Eng. p.n.).
Apell VII.
Apell, Reg.Ds. 1822. May be a nickname from the fruit, or a contraction of some name such as Applegarth, &c.
Appleby X.
Appleby, Reg.Ds. 1793; Reg.Ry. 1812. 'of Appleby' (Westm. p.n.).
Appleton X.
Apleton, PR. 1. 1814; Apelton, Reg.Ds. 1816. 'of Appleton' (Lancs. and Berks. p.n.).
Arbuckle X.
Arbuckle, MI. 11. 1739. 'of Harbottle' (Northumb. p.n.). James Arbuckle, late of Belfast, d. 1739.
Archer [ ar't S ar ] IX.
Archer, PR. 1. 1822, - Reg.Ds. 1827. N. le Archere, 'the archer, bowman'. Every town and every village had its archers. The butts were outside the town for common practice. In Mann, every parish had its company of archers.
'Alsoe that every Officer and Soldier have Bowe and Arrows sufficient, Dublet or Habergion, a Sword and a Buckler, Spurrs and Saddle, upon Paine of Forfeiture of their Wages' (SL. 1422).
'Also, you shall enquire if there be any Manner of Person or Persons that goeth by Day or Night with his Bow or Arrows to the King's Forrest, or with his Hounds or Greyhounds, to kill the Lord his Game; if there be any such you shall by Virtue of your Oath, present them' (Charge to the Great Enquest).
Archibald VII.
Archibald, - PR. 10. 1764, - PR. 11.1780, 1787, - PR. 10. 1826. Fr. Archam bault<Teut. erchan, 'precious'; bald, 'bold' (Bowman).
Ardern X.
Ardern, Reg.Ds. 1771; Arden, Reg.SG. 1824. 'of Arderne' (Ches. p.n.).
Armitstead X.
Armstead, Reg.Ry. 1807; Armitstead, Reg.Ry. 1809. 'of Armstead' (Eng. p.n.). Wm. Armitstead, surgeon, A.D. 1809.
Armstrong VII.
Armstrong, Reg.Ds.1789,1828,-MI. 6.1793,- PR. 4.1802. Like most names of this class this was originally a nick- name. Perh. bestowed on the village blacksmith or a famous bowyer.
The name was translated into Ir. as Tréanlámhach, i.e. 'strong of hand'. This would be Treanlauagh in Mx.
Arthur III.
Mac Arthur, LA. 10. 1511; Arthur, PR. 3. 1660, - PR. 3. 1686, - PR. 10. 1777; Mac Carter, PR. 1. 1811.
G. Mac Artair; Sc. Mac Artair, 'son of Arthur'. This family has disappeared. The family estate was Balladha, Dalby, in the parish of Kirk Patrick.
Woulfe says: 'This surname is apparently of Scottish origin. The Mac Arthurs were a branch of the Campbell clan, and at one time a powerful family in Argyllshire; but early in the 15th century their power was broken, when their chief, John Mac Arthur, was beheaded by James I, and most of their estates forfeited.'
Cf. AI. Mac Arthur, Mac Carthur, Mac Carter, &c.
Ascough X.
Aystogh, LA.11.1515 ; Ascough, PR. 9, 17.1672 ; Hescough, PR. 6. 1687; Aisgough, PR. 15. 1696; Ayscough, PR. 9. 1700; Aiscough, MI. 15. 1750; Aynscough, Reg.SM. 1772. k 'of Ayscough' (N. Eng. p.n.).
Ashburner [ a S barnar ] IX.
Ashburner, Reg.SG. 1795. 'an ashburner', the man employed on the production of potash. Till soap was invented, ashes were employed as a detergent.
Ashe XI.
Ashe, PR. 8. 1808; Ash, Reg.SG. 1825. One dwelling at or by an ash-tree. 'At ye ashe' would in time be contracted to Ashe. There are several Eng. towns and villages bearing this name. [a Dinah Ashe is buried at Douglas St George's 1 May 1792 - ? related to Capt Trevor Ashe]
Asheld X.
Asheld, Reg.Ds. 1822. Probably an Eng. p.n. beginning with the common Eng. prefix ash- or, 'of the ash-hill'.
Ashton X.
Ashton, BH. 1448, - Reg.Ds. 1830. 'of Ashton' (p.n. Lancs., Ches., and elsewhere). Roger A. was R. of Man in 1448. Wm. A. was R. of the Peele in 1534 Wm. Ashton, sergeant, 2nd compy., RMF. 1810.
Askew [ a'skju ] X.
Askew, MI. 9. 1795, - Reg.Ds. 1828. 'of Asskew' (Yorks. p.n.).
Aspinall X.
Aspinall, PR. 4. 1741, - PR. 3. 1687. 'of Aspinall' (Lancs. p.n.).
Atherton X.
Atherton, LA. 12. 1703. 'of Atherton' (Lancs. p.n.).
Atkins VI.
Atkin, LA. 1. 1511; Akins, Reg.Ds. 1762; Acon, Reg.Ds. 1764; Ackon, Reg.Ds. 1767; Aikken, PR. 11. 1777, 1780; Aikins, PR. 11. 1796; Atkins, Reg.SG. 1802; Ecken, Reg.Ds. 1822. Dim. of Adam. The 1802 form may be a later importation.
Atkinson [ at'kanson ] VI.
Atkinson, LE. 11 B. 1580, - PCA. 1580, - PR. 13. 1647, -Reg.Ds. 1779, 1784, - PR. 3. 1783, - PR. 1811; Ackinson, PR. 3. 1692.'Son of Atkin', q.v. John and Richard Atkinson, privates in the SVC. 1797 (RD.).
Audley X.
Oadley, PR. 13. 1645, 1647; Audley, PR. 11. 1754, - PR. 10.1727. 'of Audley' (Staffs. p.n.).
Avary VII.
Avary, Reg. Ds. 1798; Avery, Reg.Ds. 1801. A corr. of Alfred or Ælfric, like Fr. Aubrey from Alberic. AS. alf, 'fairy'; rad, 'counsel' (Bowman).



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