Cornish surnames in the 1500s

From this point on in my weekly surname blogs, I intend to work through the names in The Surnames of Cornwall, providing maps of their distribution in the sixteenth century, if not already covered in previous blogs. I’ll deal with one to four surnames (depending on their frequency) in each blog. If such maps already exist for the name I’ll give the link to the relevant blog.

You can find maps of their nineteenth century distributions here.

We start with the following …

A map of the surname Allen in the sixteenth century can be found here.

Andrew or Androw was fairly common in the 1500s and as would be expected was widely found.

Andrewartha did not appear as a surname until the 1600s.

The distribution of Angilley may help pin down which kelly or gelly, meaning a grove of trees, it originated from.

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