The Anonymous Widower

My Devonian Ancestry

I was watching Who Do You Think You Are? last night and it got me thinking about my family tree.

Of the four surnames of my grandparents; three are fairly common, but my maternal grandmother, who incidentally was born in the Balls Pond Road, close to where I live now, had a surname of Upcott. So I typed “surname origin upcott” into the Internet and found this page, which says this.

This name is of English locational origin from one of the four villages so named, all in the county of Devonshire. These “Upcott’s” are to be found in the parishes of Culmstock, Dowland, North Mol;ton and Rockbeare, and all have the same meaning. This is literally “the cottage up (the hill)”

So if she didn’t come from Devon, the name certainly did.

August 1, 2013 - Posted by | World |

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