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Occupational surnames

A lot of English surnames are taken from occupations that were common in older times. I give you the clue, guess the surname. Example: Someone who plays music on a harp = Harper
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Last updated: March 12, 2023
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Someone who turns metal into useful objects in his forge
Smith
Someone who makes arrows.
Fletcher
Someone who makes barrels.
Cooper
Someone who makes candles.
Chandler
Someone who puts bundles of reeds on top of a house to make a roof.
Thatcher
Someone who grinds corn into flour.
Miller
Someone who makes pots.
Potter
Someone who trades in fine cloths.
Mercer
Someone who makes beer.
Brewer / Brewster
Someone who removes skins from animals.
Skinner
Someone who makes cakes, bread and related products.
Baker
Someone who makes carts.
Wainwright / Cartwright
Someone who carves stone.
Mason
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Someone who plays music on a pipe.
Piper
Someone who changes the colour of cloth.
Dyer
Someone who covers buildings with slate to make a roof.
Slater
Someone who makes cloth on a loom.
Weaver
Someone who makes bows for archery.
Bowyer
Someone who treats animal skins to produce leather.
Tanner
Someone who chops up and sells meat.
Butcher
Someone who makes saddles
Saddler/Sadler
Someone who makes gloves.
Glover
Someone who hunts animals.
Hunter
Someone who puts shoes on horses.
Farrier
Someone who cuts and shaves hair and beards.
Barber
9 Comments
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Level 53
Mar 9, 2023
Cool quiz but I would argue a person who "catches" animals would be a trapper and hunter would be someone who kills animals
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Level 76
Mar 9, 2023
I don't think a mason carves stone. A mason builds things with bricks
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Level 58
Mar 12, 2023
A mason can do both. You can hire a mason to cut stones to shape for your wall, or hire a mason to make gargoyles for your mediaeval cathedral.
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Level 65
Mar 9, 2023
I thought a chandler was something to do with ropes and stuff? There's certainly a ship's chandler's on the seafront here in Scarborough.
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Level 58
Mar 12, 2023
Originally it was someone employed in a household to be in charge of candles and similar items. Later it became someone who made candles.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chandlery

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Level 67
Mar 9, 2023
Suggest accepting the surnames Bowe and Bowman, either of which I believe are more common than Bowyer.
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Level 58
Mar 12, 2023
OK, I'll make it accept those. That says I think a bowman is someone who *uses* a bow rather than someone who makes them.
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Level 65
Mar 11, 2023
My great grandfather Henry Horseshoer would like a word.
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Level 58
Mar 12, 2023
Not come across that one before but I'll add it in. Amazing how many names you get like that.