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The surname of WEST was a locational name 'the dweller at the west of the town or village'. A name known to every medieval register throughout England. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Early records of the name mention Maurice de West, 1150 County Essex. Goche West 1197 Norfolk. Algar West was documented in County Oxford in the year 1273. John in le West of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Richard Weste of County Devon, registered at Oxford University in the year 1575. This is a common surname in Gamrie, Scotland, and is also found in Perthshire and West Lothian. Janet Wast in Biggar, Lanarkshire, was recorded in 1670, and Isobel West was documented in Little Dunkeld in the same year. A pension was paid to Marg Waste, a deacon in 1723. The surname of BULFORD was a locational name 'of Bulford' a spot in County Warwickshire. The name was derived from the Old English word 'BULTIFORD' meaning the dweller beside the river ford from residence nearby. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during and in the wake of the Invasion of 1066, are nearly all territorial in origin. The followers of William the Conqueror were a pretty mixed lot, and while some of them brought the names of their castles and villages in Normandy with them, many were adventurers of different nationalities attached to William's standard by the hope of plunder, and possessing no family or territorial names of their own. Those of them who acquired lands in England were called by their manors, while others took the name of the offices they held or the military titles given to them, and sometimes, a younger son of a Norman landowner, on receiving a grant of land in his new home dropped his paternal name and adopted that of his newly acquired property. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.

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