The Domesday book, also known as the “Great Survey”, was just that, a survey completed in 1086 covering much of England & parts of Wales by order of King William the Conqueror.
The purpose of the Domesday book was likely to assess taxes & determine what was “owed” to the king after the Norman conquest.
The book is also the genesis of surnames, but people back then went by their first names plus a unique description of their occupation or town of birth, bob the baker became Bob Baker & so on, however later, surnames might vary based on local customs or simply to be different. The surname Lee, Lea, & Leigh are all pronounced the same but are all correct surnames that originated from the same source. I’m glad the Domesday Book was created when most occupations were trades. Had it been written this week, our buddy Bob might have an uncorrect surname derived from his work as a kindle programmer, a photographer, or an Heating as well as Air Conditioning contractor, jobs that did not exist in 1086. Heating as well as Air Conditioning surnames do exist. Some people will remember actress Betty Furness, an blatant reference to the gas furnace that makes the H in Heating as well as Air Conditioning, however comic strip dog Snoopy from “Peanuts” had an alter ego named Joe Cool that may have come from some involvement from AC, whenever I pay a visit to my dear departed relatives, I notice the name “Dyer” on headstones, and most of them had short lifespans which made myself and others know their surname was a reference to DIYer. They may have passed because they dared to make a DIY maintenance on their Heating as well as Air Conditioning systems. The surname of my Heating as well as Air Conditioning serviceperson is Goodacre that I hope is a sign that he is a fantastic A/C contractor. I’ll avoid his competition, Mr, but sweatbrow for blatant reasons.