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 – Cheese

Cheese The Cheese surname, like the Cakebread and Whitebread surnames (see recent articles here and here), is among one of the oldest, dating back to pre-seventh century Olde English.  Both the Olde English word “cese” and the Saxon word “cyse” mean cheese and refer...