My girlfriend and I have been wondering about this for a little while, she noticed while we were driving through the North East and Yorkshire that some of the place names are the same as some of her family’s surnames.
So what do you think came first ? and why ?
We can think that some places came first and people adopted the name, something like ‘Brian of Rippon’ became Brain Rippon, or perhaps a village or town was named after someone I remember that Nottingham was named after a viking guy, and was originally Snottingham before they dropped the ‘S’ . These got me thinking, if people adopted the surname from the place they live, why have I never met Mr and Mrs Manchester, or London, Newcastle or Edinburgh for that matter.
Another side question is, does this happen globally ?