The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard Burke's General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. This surname of WIMBUSH is of obscure origin, perhaps from a place of the name in Yorkshire. Other spellings include WAMBUSH and WIMBISH. Surnames can be divided into four categories; place names, occupation names, nicknames and patronymics. PLACE NAMES are the largest group and covers all those names first applied to people who lived in or nearby to a particular place. For example, Grove, Wood, Field, Meadow, and Street are obvious. Occasionally names were taken from obscure villages or hamlets which no longer exist and this can make research confusing. OCCUPATION NAMES cover nearly all trades which existed in the Middle Ages. These are numerous. It does not necessarily follow that such names as King, Duke, Earl and so on mean your ancestors were of noble blood. It is much more likely that such named people worked for the person referred to. NICKNAMES. This is a smaller group but in many ways more interesting. They usually originated as a by-name for someone by describing their appearance, personal disposition or character but which became handed down through the ages and did not apply to their descendants. For instance the name Black would denote a dark man, Little, someone small (or even somewhat ambiguously) someone tall. PATRONYMICS. This group covers all names which derive immediately from the owner's father. Many christian names which are also surnames have, over the years, lost the possessive form but the origin is still the same. Examples of this could be names such as Peter,Thomas, Henry - all names which became both christian and surnames over the years. An eminent member of the name is the Rt. Rev. Richard Knyvet WIMBUSH. He has been the Priest-in-charge of Etton with Dalton Holme Diocese since 1977; an Assistant Bishop, in the Diocese of York from the same year. He was born on the 18th March, 1909, the son of the late Rev. Canon J.S. WIMBUSH of Terrington, Yorkshire, and the late Judith Isabel WIMBUSH. He married Mary Margaret, the daughter of the Rev. E.H. Smith, and from this union were born three sons and one daughter. He was the Canon of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh from 1948 until 1963.
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