About English Surnames

The Norman Conquest

Some of the earliest hereditary surnames in England are found shortly after the Norman Conquest. Man Norman invaders took the names of estates, either from where they came or where they were settling.

Habitation Surnames

Many English surnames are monogenetic and many are derived from habitation names. If there are multiple farms, villages, or towns with the same name, it can be difficult to distinguish the exact origin. 

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Colton's Map of England and Wales, 1856

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A beautiful example of J. H. Colton's 1856 double map of England and Wales. 

Features Colton's signature strap border motif. Prepared by J. H. Colton for his 1856 Atlas of the World.

The Colton family firm of mapmakers were leaders in the American map trade in the nineteenth century. Its founder, Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893), did not start in the map trade; he worked in a general store from 1816 to 1829, and then as a night clerk. By 1830, he was in New York City, where he set up his publishing business a year later.  
The copyright statement printed on the map stands as a testament to both the authenticity and value of these prints. Records of all historic copyrights, including these maps, can be found in the United States Copyright Office, a part of the Library of Congress.   

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Colton's Map of London, 1856

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A beautiful example of Colton's 1856 map of London. Includes parts of Surrey, Kent, Middlesex and Essex. 

This is most likely the one of the first maps of London to appear in an American atlas. Surrounded by Colton's typical spiral motif border. 

The Colton family firm of mapmakers were leaders in the American map trade in the nineteenth century. Its founder, Joseph Hutchins Colton (1800-1893), did not start in the map trade; he worked in a general store from 1816 to 1829, and then as a night clerk. By 1830, he was in New York City, where he set up his publishing business a year later.   

Dated and copyrighted to J. H. Colton, 1855. Issued as page no. 4 in volume 2 of Colton's 1856 Atlas of the World

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