Tuesday, January 30, 2007

another name brother Hugh Watkins

Secret Falls with a mini blog and I found we were both on LinkedIn: Home and about 42 thousand web pages "Hugh Watkins" - Google Search

we are not Professor Hugh Watkins FRCP who is is Field Marshal Alexander Professor of Cardiovascular Medicin Professor "Hugh Watkins" FRCP - Google Search

Name Meaning and Origin of Hugh Watkins
from Germany via northern France after 1066

HUGIN a related word
Hugin - Google Image Search
Odin's raven "Thought" is seen as an embodiment of divine wisdom and is highly valued for his advice. Hugin wisdom - Google Search

In Scotland and Ireland this has been used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic names Aodh, Ùisdean, and sometimes Eóghan. Variant: Hugo (Latinized; also used in Dutch and German).Cognates: French: Hugues. Italian: Ugo. Welsh: Huw.Feminine form: Scottish: Hughina.

A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0192800507

Watkins the english form of ap Watkin
and the patromymic of the sons of the many welshmen called Watkin

English: from a pet form of Wat(t), a short form of Walter

German, Swedish, and English: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements wald ‘rule’ + heri, hari ‘army’. The personal name was introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Walt(i)er, Waut(i)er.

one new idea is that it comes from mid-Wales
or more likely wherever flemish mercenaries were given land as far as possible from London in about 1080

South-west Wales is linguistically split as a result of the Anglo-Norman settlement pattern. In south-west Pembrokeshire—often called ‘Little England beyond Wales’—Welsh was virtually exterminated by the thorough Flemish and Anglo-Norman settlements during the reign of Henry I (1100-35), and many of the distribution maps clearly show this.
Elsewhere Welsh place-names predominate in areas where Welsh is still or was widely spoken.
flemish settlement wales - Google Search

Flemish Settlement in Wales

and of the vikings who had settled on the islands and around Milford Haven - only place names remain and no viking archeaology has been found so far in Wales.

Haverfordwest - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: " the first Norman castle was established around 1110. It was constructed by Tancred, a Flemish marcher lord. The town rapidly grew up, initially around the castle and St Martin's church (the settlement being called Castletown), then spreading into the High Street area. It became immediately the capital of the English colony of Roose (part of Little England beyond Wales), and because of its pivotal position, the commercial centre of western Dyfed, which it has remained to this day"

BBC - Legacies - Immigration and Emigration - Wales - South West Wales - The Flemish colonists in Wales - Article Page 2: "The Flemings lend their name to a local architectural feature - the Flemish chimney, examples of which can be found in and around south Pembrokeshire.

The chimneys were usually made of local limestone, and built into the front wall of the cottage close to the door. They are tall and conical, with a large round stack – sometimes big enough to fit a chair and table inside. Many chimneys remained long after the original building had been demolished.

This chimney in St Florence was once part of a tiny cottage, and the line of the gable end of the original building can still be seen above the fireplace. Although these chimneys bare the name of the Flemish, there is no proof they built them, and no examples have ever been found in the Lowlands, however many examples have been found in Devon and Cornwall, so their origin remains a mystery"

better stop surfing for today,
later in the morning:-

Watkins Family History Society - Home: "Our steadfast pursuit is to assist in connecting as many Watkins people as possible world-wide.

We invite you to read, share and make new connections with other Watkins researchers with the help of the resources that we make available here.

Included are FREE downloads of our Digital Newsletter, Family Tree Project, as well as a Message Board . . . "

Watkins Family History Society - Famous Watkins People

Alfred Watkins - Pioneer Photographer
was born on 27th January 1855 at the Imperial Hotel in Widemarsh Street, Hereford, England. He was the third of the ten children of Charles and Ann Watkins. Watkins senior was a prosperous farmer whose ancestors had farmed land for generations in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, . . . in 1881 from FamilySearch.org - Family History and Genealogy Records

Charles WATKINS Head M Male 61 Mitcheldean, Gloucester, England Brewer Miller Wine Merchant & Farmer Malster Innkeeper & Employ 59 M 16 W & 6 B
Ann WATKINS Wife M Female 60 Huntley, Gloucester, England
Charlotte WATKINS Daur U Female 33 All Saints, Hereford, England
Henry WATKINS Son U Male 27 All Saints, Hereford, England Brewery Manager
Alfred WATKINS Son U Male 26 All Saints, Hereford, England Mill Manager (Corn)
Sarah HUGHES Serv W Female 58 Llanddiham ((All Saints)), Montgomery, Wales Domestic Serv Cook
Mary A. BROWN Serv U Female 27 Fownhope, Hereford, England Domestic Housemaid
Emma EVANS Serv U Female 19 Eaton Bishop, Hereford, England Domestic Kitchenmaid

Source Information:
Dwelling Bewell House
Census Place Hereford All Sts, Hereford, England
Family History Library Film 1341625
Public Records Office Reference RG11
Piece / Folio 2594 / 23
Page Number 40

"Huw Watkins" - Google Search: "the composer and pianist was born in Wales in 1976 and studied at Chetham's School of Music . . . "
and you can see why in Wales nicknames are essential.


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