[From ManxNoteBook vol iii,1887]



ANKES, FORMERLY BANCKS [16371, (now extinct in the Isle of Mann.) This family held property in Onchan for many years. BANKS's Howe, was named from them.

BACON. The first member of this family settled in the Isle of Mann in 1724.

CAESAR [1643], (extinct). The principal family of this name held property in Santon, and at Ballahick, in Malew.

CALCOTT, or CALCOT, (nearly extinct)* contraded from Caledcott (cold-cot), the name of their estate in Cheshire. They were a powerful family in the Isle of Mann in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The Prioress of Douglas and Robert CALCOTE for the fresh water fishing of Douglas this year as in the preceeding year 4/2.' (Lib. Assed., 1511.)
'Robt CALCOATS, receiver of the Castle of Man,' 1532.+

CALCOTE [1511], CALCOATS [1532], CALCOTTS [1586], CALCOTT [1629], CALCOT [1689].
* There is, we believe, an old woman of this name living near Ramsey.
+ Statute Law Book, p. 29.

CRYSTAL and CRISTALSON are corruptions of CHRISTOPHER and CHRISTOPHERSON respectively, which have come to us from Scotland. They both occur in 1511, but are very uncommon now.

CHRISTORY is also a corruption of CHRISTOPH ER. It was formerly common in Jurby, but is now uncommon everywhere.

CRYSTORY [1624], CHRISTRY [1640], CHRISTERY [1714], CHRYSTRY [1738], CHRISTORY [17501.

CRAIG, formerly usually CORRAIGE (Caraig, a rock,') is a translation of the French Delaroche. A French family of this name settled in Scotland at an early date and had their name transformed in this way. The name is uncommon. It may, perhaps, in some cases, be derived from the (O.N.) Krdka, (Danish Krage,) 'a crow,' which is found in the Landnamabok as a nickname. BALLACORAIGE is the name of a farm in Ballaugh.

CORRAIGE [1599], CORRAIG [1700], CRAIG [1776].

FARRANT, from far, fare, signifying 'travel,' and and signifying life,' spirit.

Compare (old German and English) FERRAND.
It may, perhaps, be contracted from FERDINAND.

FARAUND [1511], FARRANT [1653].

ELLISON [1670], contracted from ELIASON, is found chiefly in the Northern part of the Island.

Compare (Danish) ELISSEN, ELIASSEN.

FLETCHER [1621]. Edward FLETCHER was Deputy Governor in 1621, and Governor in 1622. This family held considerable property here in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The estate of BALLAFLETCHER in Braddan formerly contained five quarterlands. It was also a family of some importance in Lancashire.

FAIRBROTHER [1652] (extinct), a translation of the French beaufrere, probably came to us from Scotland. It was formerly common in Peel.

FREER, from (French) frere, 'brother,' was formerly common in Jurby.

FFREER [1607], FREER [1690].

NELSON (see Chap. II.) ought to come under this section when it is of independent origin, but, as we have already said, It is usually a translation of KNEAL in the Isle of Mann.

GREAVES [1740], GRAVES [1779]. Found in Peel.

GICK [1663], GICKE [1666].

Malew, Santon (c), elsewhere (u).

HARRISON [15041 is, in many, cases, merely a translation of KINRY (Which see), but, doubtless, many immigrants bore this name when they arrived, as it is constantly found at an early date, and is, more over, common in the Isle of Mann.

HEYWOOD [1643] (extinct), from EWOOD, the name of their property in Lancashire. Peter HEYWOOD, on his English estates being confiscated in 1643, came to reside in the Isle of Mann. His son became Governor, and the family attained considerable power and influence in the Island.

CLEATOR is probably a name of English extraction, though MCCLETTER being found in 1511 would seem to point to a Celtic origin.

Cf. CLEATOR-MOOR in Cumberland.

McCLETTER [1511], CLEATER [1670], CLEADER [1696], CLATOR [1700], CLAYTOR [1731], CLEATOR [1751], CLATTOR [1751].

Bride (ve), Jurby, Andreas, Lezayre (c), elsewhere (u).

HUTCHIN, HUTCHEN, HUDGEON, from the root hig, hog, hug, 'thought,' study.'


HUCHON [1511], HUTCHEON [1540], HUTCHIN [1570], HUTCHEN [1586], HUDGEON [1785], MACHUTCHIN [1801].
It is now very uncommon.
Formerly (c) in Marown, German, Rushen, and (u) in Maughold, Malew, Lonan, Arbory, Patrick.


MADDRELL. A Lancashire place name, chiefly found in the South of the Island.

MATHERELL [1499],* MADDRELL [1643].

Malew, Rushen, Arbory (c), elsewhere (u).

*This date is given in the Statute Law Book as 1419, but 1499 is probably correct.


NORRIS, formerly NORRES (extinct). This family followed the Stanleys from Lancashire to the Isle of Mann, where they held several important official positions.

'Gubon John NORREST [1422], Sir Huan NORREST [1499], NORRIS [1586].
+ Statute Law Book.

PARR, formerly PARRE (extinct), is first found in the Isle of Mann in 1504.

Richard PARR was Bishop in 1637. Various Rectors and Vicars, also Deemster PARR, the learned author of 'Parr's Abstract,' were members of the same family.

It was a well-known Lancashire family.

SANSBURY, formerly SAMSBURY. Possibly derived from the village of SAMLESBURY in Lancashire. The SAMSBURYS were owners of Ronaldsway before the Christians.

SAUNESBURY [1511], SANSBERIE [1521], SAMSBURY [1556] SANSBURE [1654], SANSBURY [1657].

The name is much less common than formerly.
Malew, Gerrnan (c) formerly, elsewhere (u).

STANLEY [1408] (extinct). A younger branch of the Derby family settled in the Isle of Mann for two or three generations, and held property chiefly in Arbory.


This name is placed amongst the exotic surnames because no Celtic or Scandinavian etymology appears to be adducible for it. Its early occurrence with the prefix Mac, however, is an argument in favour of its being of native origin.

MCSTOLE, MCSTOLLE [1511], MCSTOYLL [1540]. STOLE [1649], STOIL [1654], STOWELL [1772].

Stowell has now gradually superseded the older forms.
Malew, Arbory, Santon, Lonan (c), elsewhere (u).

STANDISH [1622] (extinct). A Lancashire place name. It was never common in the Isle of Mann.

TAUBMAN, a name of German extraction. It is not uncommon in Germany. In modern German it would mean 'deaf man,' but its real signification is, doubtless, something very different.

TUBMAN [1601], TAUBMAN [1610], TUMMAN [1651], TUNMAN [1652].

Malew, German, Arbory (c), elsewhere (u).

THOMPSON, first found in 1598, has never been a common name in the Isle of Mann.

TYLDESLEY (extinct), a Lancashire place name. Thurstan de TYLDESLEY was one of the Commissioners for Sir John Stanley in 1417. Thurstan TYLDESLEY was Receiver- General in 1532, and Thomas TYLDESLEY, Water Bailiff in the same year, and Deputy Governor in 1540. Formerly an important family here. They lived at the Friary (Beemaken) in Arbory. They were powerful and devoted adherents of the Stanleys.

VONDY is not so common as formerly.

MACWANTY? [1417], GUANTY ? [1429], MACGUANTIE [1430],VANTIE [1602], VONDY [1606], VANDY [1608].

Jurby, Bride, Malew (c), elsewhere (u).

SKINNER. Now scarcely found.

MCSKYNNER [1511], SKINNER [1623].

Formerly Andreas (vc) Jurby (c), elsewhere (u).

VINCH is the same name as FINCH.

FINCH was a proprietor in Douglas, whence FINCH Road. During the eighteenth century the name was much commoner than it is now. VINCH [1685], FFINCH [1727], FINCH [1750].

WATTLEWORTH. A curious name formerly much commoner than it is now.


German (vc), Malew (c), elsewhere (u).

WOODS [1586].

Maughold, Iezayre, Santon, Rushen (c), elsewhere (u).


SHURLOGE [1650], SHURLOG [1652], SHERLOCK [1663].

There is a BALLA-SHURLOGE in Arbory. The name is now scarcely found.

Formerly Malew, Arbory (c), elsewhere (u).


[Chapters on "Names extinct before written records," on "Christian Names," and on " Nicknames," have been prepared. They cannot now be published in " The Manx Note Book." It is, however, proposed to publish Manx Surnames, Christian Names, and Nicknames" in a separate volume. ED.]


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