Tuesday, September 23, 2008

[deed poll] puts them out of their misery

Many surnames came down from occupations, as you know - Thomas Cooper, Thomas Brewster, Thomas Tucker.

So from where was the surname Crapper derived?

8 comments:

dearieme said...

To "cripper" is an ancient Yorkshire verb meaning to castrate a lamb with your teeth. Could that be the origin?

James Higham said...

With one's teeth? Could well be, dearieme.

Dragonstar said...

No idea, but he invented what became known as The Crapper....

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

One of his descendants was at Uni with me and very proud of her name!

James Higham said...

And proud she should be too. Was her name Lisa?

Spike said...

But no lambs have my teeth.

Alwyn ap Huw said...

Crapper is a variation of "cropper" a person who tends to crops, an arable farm labourer.

James Higham said...

Spike - possibly not.

Alwyn - so dearieme was telling porkies then.