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GUIDELINES This site allows non-lexicographers to aid the specialists in elaborating the history of English words and names.

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Bugle (OED bugle, MED bugle, AND bugle): 1318. KB27. Surrey. tria cornua, que vocantur bugles. Early use by OED, could be French. [1]

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You are encouraged to provide more information from the Middle English Dictionary [2], the Anglo-Norman Dictionary [www.anglo-norman.net], P.H. Reaney and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames ed. 3 (1991), G. Fransson, Middle English Surnames of Occupation 1100-1350 (1935), or B. Thuresson, Middle English Occupational Terms (1950).


Packer: 1344. Lincolnshire. Rogerum de Garmeleston packer. OED has earliest 1450. [3] rcp

Packesadel: 1347. Huntingdonshire. bona et catalla sua videlicet unum packesadel. OED has earliest 1398. [4] rcp 02/12

Palfreyour: 1319. Willelmus Thequenesmaisterpalfryour. Not found in OED, although palfrey and palfreyman are. [5]; palfreur: Walterum le Palfreur: [6]

Paltokmakere: 1357. interfecit quendam Thomam Paltokmakere. OED has earliest 1376. [7]. 1360. London. Willelmum Cornewaille paltokmakere. [8] rcp 10/12. 1363. London. Johanne Hunte paltokmakere. [9] rcp 04/13.

Panade: 1360. London. cum quodam cultello vocato panade. OED has only earlier in 1340. [10] rcp 03/13

Panetrie: 1319. Willelmum de la Panetrie de Bannebury. OED has earliest 1325. [11]

Panyere: 1342. Staffordshire. Henricum filium Thome le Panyere. [12] rcp 11/12

Parchmyner: 1294 Middlesex. Geoffrey le Parchminer [13] SB; 1322. Oxfordshire. William Frere de Oxon' parchemyner [14] SJ ; 1344. Oxfordshire. Roberto Prentys de Bannebury parchemyner. [15]; 1345. Suffolk. quendam Johannem vocatum Jolyfe Jacke parchemyner. [16] rcp 03/12 ; 1362 William Butteram of Lincoln, parcheminer [17] SB OED has earliest 1415.

Pardoner: 1343. Cornwall. Willelmum Pardoner. [18] 1353. Bedfordshire. Johannes Pardoner. OED has earliest 1387. [19] rcp 09/12

Partlett: 1530. Kent. unun collitegium muliebre vocatum a partlette de panno vocato sypers circumposito cum diversis margaritis. OED has earliest 1515 and 1528. [20] rcp 02/12

Patynmaker: 1463. Norfolk. Henricum Baxter ...patynmaker. [21] rcp 02/12

Pedelere: 1343. Warwickshire. Johannem le Walkere pedelere. OED has only early in 1307. [22] rcp 11/12

Peleter: 1319. Willelmus le Peleter. OED has earliest 1332. [23]

Pelter: 1319. Johannem le Pelter. OED had earliest 1332. [24]

Penderere: 1345. Rogerus atte Brome de Loundres, penderere. Not found in OED. [25] rcp 03/12

Pessoner: 1332. Willelmus de Haunsard de London, pessoner [26] SB

Pewterer: 1350. ad respondendum Ricardo de Wycheford peauterer. OED first use is 1348. [27]. rcp/02.2012

Pichermaker: 1345. Cornwall. Stephanus Pichemaker (from later stage: Pichermaker) de Bodminia. OED does not have; only earlier example of "pitcher" is from 1300. [28], [29] rcp 03/12

Pykeman: 1347. Essex. Johannem Pykeman et Willelmum Pykard. OED has only a single reference, in 1259. [30] rcp 02/12

Pyketstafe: 1345. Bedfordshire. cum quodam baculo vocato piketstafe. OED does not have "pikestaff" before sixteenth century. [31] 1345. Northamptonshire. de quodam baculo ferro picato vocato pykedstaf. [32] rcp 03/12

Pykforkes: 1362. Lincolnshire. vi et armis, scilt., gladiis, cultellis, pykforkes, arcubus. OED has earliest 1364. [33] rcp

Pynder: 1327. Lincolnshire. roger le Priorpynder [34] SB

Pynner: 1358. Kent. Thome de Salesbury de London' pynner. OED has only earlier in 1281. [35] rcp 11/12

Pyrewynkes: 1343. Yorkshire. super digitos suos imposuerunt quasdam penas vocatas pyrewynkes causa cogendi eum devenire probatorem. OED has earliest 1397. [36] rcp 11/12

Plasterer: 1353. Middlesex. Johannes de Rokyngham de London plasterer. OED has earliest 1440. [37] rcp 09/12

Platemaker: 1302. London. John le Platemaker [38] SB; 1356. London. Johanni de Norhampton platemaker. OED does not have the compound. [39] rcp 10/12

Plough chaynes: 1530. Middlesex. tres cathenas de ferre vocatas plough chaynes. OED has earliest 1641. [40] rcp 02/12

Ploughwright: 1361. Leicestershire. Robertum Thruston de Thurmaston ploughwright. OED hes only earlier 1269 and 1285. [41] rcp 03/13

Ploumbour: 1314 Bedfordshire. Alice wife of Richard le Plumer [42] SJ; 1315. John le Plumer of Northampton [43] SB; 1347. Devon. Ricardum le Lange ploumbour. OED has earliest 1385. [44] rcp 03/12 1353. Bucks. Simonem the Plummer. [45] rcp 09/12

Poignaunt: 1360. London. Johannes Poignaunt spicer. OED has earliest 1387, although this may be French. [46] 03/13

Pollax (OED poleaxe): 1319. KB27. Yorkshire. cum quadam hachea vocata pollax percussit. 1347. Kent. cum quodam armo vocato pollex. [47]. OED has earliest 1355 [48]

Polre: 1227. Ralph del Polre adjudged of murder in the 100 of Eastry, Kent. There were a number of variant spellings of this name, but one that occurs most frequently in the late 13th/14th centuries is Poldre.[49]

Porpeys: 1347. Somerset. quemdam piscem vocatum porpeys. OED has a couple earlier references, but unclear, as here, if Anglo-Norman or English. [50] rcp 03/12

Pouchemaker: 1342. London. Robertum de Lincoln pouchemaker. [51]. 1355. London. Nicholaum Gamen de London pouchemaker. OED has earliest 1362. [52] rcp 10/12, also found in T1354 [53] SJ 11/12

Pounced: 1531. London. a rounde hope of golde pounced with perlez. OED has one earlier reference in 1410. [54] rcp 02/12

Procratour:1308 (Prokeratour) Yorkshire. Thomas le Prokeratour [55] [56] SB/ 1314. Yorkshire. Thomas le procratour [57] SJ

Puke: 1463. Lincolnshire. unum parre caligarum de nigro colore vocato puke. OED has earliest, as color, in 1510. [58] rcp

Pulter: 1315 Wiltshire. Robert le Pulter de Nova Sarum [59] SB; 1342. Warwickshire. Johannem de Cnyteherdewyke de Warrweyk pultere. [60]. 1346. Cambridgeshire. Johannes de Bernewell pulter. OED has earliest 1474 and not in this sense. [61] rcp 04/12

Pultry ware: 1530. London. pro omnimodis pultrye ware. OED has earliest 1531-2. [62] rcp 02/12

Pykoys: 1319. unum malleum ferreum, unum gaveloke, sex canillos (?), et unum pykoys, et alia bona et catalla. OED: earliest 1256 (a pick) [63]

Pynder: 1315. Lincolnshire. John son of Henry le Pynder of Burton [64] SB; 1319. Alanum Pynder. [65] OED has earliest 1218; 1315 would be second.