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Why my wife should be happy with her adopted surname.

I stumbled across the above in The Origin of English Surnames whilst taking my lunch break in  Newcastle City Library today. So ‘Belshaw’ is a surviving form of ‘Belcher’ meaning ‘pretty face’, ‘pretty look’ and ‘one of a pleasant, cheerful demeanour’.

Could be worse. :-p

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  • Paul

    Question is, what did her maiden name mean? :)

    • Doug Belshaw

      Ah, good point. Should have looked that up! Given that it was ‘Crozier’ I’m
      thinking probably something to do with religion in some sense?

      • Paul

        Hmm, couldn’t even begin to guess! Not my field of expertise :]