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TOPICAL TOPIC - What's in a name
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Date Issued: 01 August 2011


TOPICAL TOPIC - What's in a name: Just how much people's lives revolved around woods, forests and their products in the past is revealed by the wealth of surnames reflecting the past or present links to woods in this country. People's surnames often indicate what they did or where they lived back in Mediaeval times. Just casting your eye down the school register or the phone book reveals how closely people's lives were tied up with trees in the past. How many people do you know who have surnames like Wood, Woodman, Woodward, Woodiman or Woodger … To learn more, visit The Woodshed.