Surname – Rainwater

There are several theories as to the origins of this surname, one source referring to it as a very rare surname.  Perhaps most plausible is the theory the name was brought to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066, since the English word “rain” was originally...

Surname – Rupe/Rupp/Roop

Today’s surname is a family name – my great grandmother Maude Hall was a Rupe.  She was quite a character (more on that later).  The name is mostly likely of Germanic origins although there are various theories as to its exact meaning and derivation: 4Crests: A...

Surname – Doolittle

Doolittle The surname Doolittle is of Norman origin and gradually Anglicized over time.  One of the members of William of Normandy’s expedition was named “Du Litell” or “de Dolieta” (which meant “of Dolieta” a location along the Normandy coast).  Rudolph of Dolieta,...

Surname – Doe

Doe The Doe surname is believed to have been of ancient Norman origins, presumably arriving in England as a result of the Norman Conquest of 1066. One family historian hypothesized that the surname was perhaps of Danish origin since the Danes frequently made...

Surname – Danforth

Danforth The Danforth surname is a locational or habitational name, possibly meaning “ford in the valley” or someone dwelling in a hidden ford or settlement.  It may refer to locations in England such as: Darnford in Suffolk, Great Durnford in Wiltshire or Derford...

Surname – Coffin

Coffin This family can trace its roots back to Sir Richard Coffin, a knight who was with William the Conqueror when he went to England in 1066.  Many historians agree that the surname is derived from the French word “cofin” or “coffin”, which was derived from the...