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Surname pronunciation help ...
« on: Monday 28 February 05 19:00 GMT (UK) »
Hi

This may be a daft question as I suppose there will be regional variations, but what is the most common pronunciation.  Or if there are local 'specialities' what would be the Norfolk pronunciation?


Gotobed.

Is is pronounced Go-to-bed or Got-bd or ... something else?

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Re: Surname pronunciation help ...
« Reply #1 on: Monday 28 February 05 19:43 GMT (UK) »
I would pronounce it as most would! Go-to-bed !

apparently it is a variant of: Godbert, Godbald, Godbold, Godber. How it came to be spelt that way I have no idea!

I have to say it's almost as good as some of my ancestors who were: Goodenough's!  ;)

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Re: Surname pronunciation help ...
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 01 March 05 11:31 GMT (UK) »
I would pronounce it as Go-to-bed.

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Re: Surname pronunciation help ...
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 02 March 05 21:29 GMT (UK) »
I went to infant school with a girl whose surname was Gotobed (funnily enough in Norfolk!) her family always pronounced their name Go-to-bed.

I was thinking about this girl not long ago as my daughter got a rocking horse at Christmas (purely because it was something I dreamed about having as a child!!). I can remember going to this Gotobed girl's 5th or 6th birthday party and all we did was cue up all afternoon for rides on her rocking horse!!!!

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Godbold variation
« Reply #4 on: Monday 13 June 05 22:04 BST (UK) »
The GODBOLD variation is traceable to the 1080's Domesday Book - The name was listed in East Anglia and the West Country.

However, how the current ones are connected is another story.
Zelley,  Lovell, Godbold, Woods, Phillips, Lewis, Emery,
Magee, Baker, White. Flisher, Kyne, Tilston, Valence/Vallens,
Mabb/Mabbe, Bellamy, Selley, Martha Smith, Arno (of Dartmouth, Devon}.
Dorset, London, Warwick, East Anglia, Kent,  Devon
North Wales          

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Re: Surname pronunciation help ...
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 03 July 05 03:55 BST (UK) »
This is fun, Jonathan!

Sorry, that I cannot help... But, I would pronounce: "gotta-bed" or "go-da-bed"  :)

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Re: Surname pronunciation help ...
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 03 July 05 09:24 BST (UK) »
This is fun, Jonathan!
Sorry, that I cannot help... But, I would pronounce: "gotta-bed" or "go-da-bed"  :)
Happy day to you, Donna
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Let's have more variations of names
How about two actual errors for the Zelley/Zealey name
- Lilley and Cely - those two are variations to end all variations
enough to make one dizzy with excitement.
Zelley,  Lovell, Godbold, Woods, Phillips, Lewis, Emery,
Magee, Baker, White. Flisher, Kyne, Tilston, Valence/Vallens,
Mabb/Mabbe, Bellamy, Selley, Martha Smith, Arno (of Dartmouth, Devon}.
Dorset, London, Warwick, East Anglia, Kent,  Devon
North Wales          

The ancestors lived here and there, in many scattered
places, with various occupations

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Re: Surname pronunciation help ...
« Reply #7 on: Tuesday 30 April 19 14:28 BST (UK) »
My Gotobed ancestors were from the Isle of Ely in Cambridgeshire and pronounced their name Gott a bede

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Re: Surname pronunciation help ...
« Reply #8 on: Tuesday 30 April 19 16:50 BST (UK) »
I suppose Medieval scribes would write it as they heard it. Here is a Bartholomew Gotobed, of Burne, Cambs, husbandman, in 1468.


Second entry, third line
http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT2/E4/CP40no826/bCP40no826dorses/IMG_1203.htm
Mead - Herts, Bucks, Essex
Pontifex - Bucks
Goldhurst - London, Middx, Herts
Kellogg/Kelhog - Essex, Cambs