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Sumpster

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
415 words

...0 • GB frequency 1881: 75 • Main GB location 1881: Hants 1 English : (i) occupational name from Middle English * somester , * sumester , probably a variant of Middle English * somer , * sumur ‘packhorse man’ ( see Summer ) in which the suffix -ester has been substituted for the -er in somer , as with Baxter for Baker and Webster for Webber . With this sense, and with the common development of an intrusive /p/ between /m/ and /p/, * somester will have been synonymous with Sumpter and probably confused with it; see (2)....

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