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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #18 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 02:51 BST (UK) »
not just in the past either, there was a group of doctors here called Clap, Crap and Whistle. My ancestors are Onions or is that O'Nions like Sidebottom pronounced Sid-e- bottem ! Chris
Challinor= Cheshire,   Onions- Walsall Staffordshire,   Cliffe/Cliff Warrington Eckersley- Salford, Heathcote Windsor, Palin Cheshire/ Beeston

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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 03:04 BST (UK) »
i know some O'Niens' and Sidebottoms....and i heard the other day of a family called Ness (im in Scotland) and they have two boys  -they were signing up for a football club and they had to put their initials - one of the other mums noticed that they had written A Ness and P Ness!!!

What stupid parents - how can u call your kids that!
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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #20 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 03:08 BST (UK) »
worse then that our neighbours were called Case guess what they called their son Justin !!
Challinor= Cheshire,   Onions- Walsall Staffordshire,   Cliffe/Cliff Warrington Eckersley- Salford, Heathcote Windsor, Palin Cheshire/ Beeston


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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #21 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 05:12 BST (UK) »
not just in the past either, there was a group of doctors here called Clap, Crap and Whistle. My ancestors are Onions or is that O'Nions like Sidebottom pronounced Sid-e- bottem ! Chris

Hi Chris,
You didn't happen to have a Louie Onion in your tree. She married (or maybe not) my GUncle Fred, whose name was really Edwin, Barton born around 1882 in Suffolk, only son of George Henry Barton and Mary Ann Peill.
Fred Barton's wife was always referred to as Louie Onion, by his family. There were no known children. Don't have any other dates, although she was certainly around in the early 1940's.
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London: Bradford, Van der Velden, Peill, Harris
Norfolk: Chilvers, Sparkes
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Cheshire: Parker. Bradley, Hooley
Staffordshire: Buckley, Hargreaves

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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #22 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 06:27 BST (UK) »
Hi Sandra there was a Louisa (nee stanton) married Joseph Onions but mine all came from Walsall, it was only my Grandad Alfred Onions that came to live in Warrington. They still call ny mum Elsie Onions even after 60 years.  Chris.
Challinor= Cheshire,   Onions- Walsall Staffordshire,   Cliffe/Cliff Warrington Eckersley- Salford, Heathcote Windsor, Palin Cheshire/ Beeston

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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #23 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 07:00 BST (UK) »
Oh well, thanks just the same, Chris. Worth a shot. Onions is hardly 'Smith of the south' is it? The only reference I have, is a possible birth in Cheltenham, Sept Q 1896.

Does anyone 'know their onions'?? ::)
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London: Bradford, Van der Velden, Peill, Harris
Norfolk: Chilvers, Sparkes
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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #24 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 07:14 BST (UK) »
My son was at school with an Andrew Penness.
You can guess what they called him  ;D

Also, my neighbour married a Pratt-she soon made him change it to Platt.

On my searches through 1837online I recently came across  ;) a Fanny Flash.

Well it made me laugh  ;D ;D ;D

I loved that Drew Peacock-Mick(still giggling about it)

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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #25 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 14:23 BST (UK) »
A friend assures me there was a boy in his class at school called
Richard Head.
Byers (Salford & London)
Stringfellow (Salford & Chorley)
Holmes (Manchester & Birmingham)
Goulding/Golden (Birmingham & Lincolnshire)
Bassett (Manchester & Salford, Staffordshire)
Child (Lincolnshire)
Belshaw (Salford)
Hallsworth (Eccles & Salford)
Vernon (Bury & Chapel en le Frith)

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Re: Unfortunate surnames of the past
« Reply #26 on: Wednesday 05 July 06 17:25 BST (UK) »
We had a guy at boarding school called P. Balls. Some wag pinned a fake notice on the games board with a made-up cricket team using real kids' names - it started "Duncan, Lickiss, Balls, "and so on and it took the teachers ages to figure out the subliminal message hidden within.