Modern Domesday

The Domesday book, also known as the “Great Survey”, was just that, a survey completed in 1086 covering much of The UK as well as parts of Wales by order of King William the Conqueror. The purpose of the Domesday book was likely to assess taxes as well as determine what was “owed” to the king after the Norman conquest. The book is also the genesis of surnames, however people back then went by their first names plus a particular description of their occupation or city of birth, but bob the baker became Bob Baker as well as so on, and later, surnames might vary based on local customs or simply to be different. The surname Lee, Lea, as well as Leigh are all pronounced the same but are all usual surnames that originated from the same source. I’m glad the Domesday Book was created when most occupations were trades. Had it been written today, our neighbor Bob might have an unfamiliar surname derived from his work as a computer programmer, a photographer, or an Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C professional, jobs that did not exist in 1086. Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C surnames do exist. Some people will remember actress Betty Furness, an apparent reference to the furnace that makes the H in Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C, but 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! Most of them had short lifespans which made myself and others suppose their surname was a reference to DIYer. They may have passed because they dared to make a DIY repair on their Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C systems. The surname of my Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C serviceperson is Goodacre that I hope is a sign that he is a nice A/C professional. I’ll avoid his competition, Mr, sweatbrow for apparent reasons.

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