Re: 1911 Census corrections
- From: Don Aitken <don-aitken@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2009 15:52:47 +0000
On Fri, 23 Jan 2009 12:33:50 +0000, Phil C. <philsusenet@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 22 Jan 2009 21:49:34 GMT, myths@xxxxxxxx (cecilia) wrote:
Ron Bass writ backwards wrote:
[...] His second son, was registered, christened, married and
buried as Cecil BASS. But he appears on the return (and therefore in
the index) as Cicel BASS. [...]
That sort of thing happens to my name a lot, even by those that know
it well or those that are copying something in front of them.
The Cecil surname (Lord Burghley et al) is pronounced Sissal - hence
that pronunciation by some as a forename. Its popularity in Britain
seems part of a fashion for using the surnames of the elite. Actually
the Cecil family were of relatively humble and obscure origin. The
spelling probably matched the pronunciation and the "Cecil" spelling
was a pseudo-classical pretension to fit their rising status.
The family was of Welsh origin. The name was usually spelled Sysell or
Cyssell and derived from the Welsh forename Seisyllt, which was that
of the 1st Lord Burghley's great-great-grandfather. The first lord's
father seems to have been the first to spell it "Cecil", though I'm
not sure what is particularly "classical" about that spelling rather
than any other.
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