Aelfraed and Haranfot: Anglo-Saxon Personal Names

Dianne Ebertt Beeaff explains the disappearance from view of Anglo-Saxon family names from modern English life.

Empty fifteenth-century tomb of King Æthelstan at Malmesbury Abbey.It is generally agreed among English historians that by the last century before the Norman Conquest surnames began to flourish in England in response to a growing population. And it might be said that ‘between Hastings and Agincourt they became fixed and hereditary’. But what of our Saxon and Danish forefathers?

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