Sunday, 21 July 2013

The Enlightenment and 18th Century Aristocratic Names

Following the Enlightenment and renaissance revival of the 17th and 18th centuries British names, particularly those of aristocratic families, were increasingly influenced by European tours and the cultures of Italy and France. My paternal 5 times great grandfather had the old name Peniston Lamb, while my 6 times great grandmother was called Margaret Georgiana Poyntz and her mother had the exotic name Anna Maria Mordaunt.

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