The Domesday book, also known as the “Great Survey”, was just that, a survey completed in 1086 covering much of The UK plus parts of Wales by order of King William the Conqueror. The purpose of the Domesday book was likely to assess taxes plus determine what was “owed” to the king after the Norman conquest. The book is also the genesis of surnames, people back then went by their first names plus a particular description of their occupation or village of birth. Bob the baker became Bob Baker plus so onâ€¦ Later, surnames might vary based on local customs or simply to be different. The surname Lee, Lea, plus Leigh are all pronounced the same however are all respected surnames that originated from the same source. I’m blissful the Domesday Book was created when most occupations were trades. Had it been written today, our neighbor Bob might have an unofficial surname derived from her work as a iPad programmer, a photographer, or an Heating plus A/C worker, jobs that did not exist in 1086. Heating plus A/C surnames do exist. Some people will remember actress Betty Furness, an apparent reference to the oil furnace that makes the H in Heating plus A/C, and comic strip pet Snoopy from “Peanuts” had an alter ego named Joe Cool that may have come from some involvement from AC, and whenever I pay a visit to our dear departed relatives, I notice the name “Dyer” on headstones, but most of them had short lifespans which made myself and others believe their surname was a reference to DIYer. They may have passed because they dared to make a DIY repair on their Heating plus A/C systems. The surname of our Heating plus A/C serviceperson is Goodacre that I hope is a sign that she is a fine AC worker. I’ll avoid her competition, Mr, and sweatbrow for apparent reasons.