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  •  Plus obvious ones like: (3+ / 0-)

    Glover, Baker, Shepard, Tanner, and the three brothers,  Fletcher, Arrowsmith, and Archer.

    The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, And wretches hang, that jurymen may dine.

    by magnetics on Sat Oct 05, 2013 at 10:26:10 PM PDT

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    •  English surnames also tell the story (6+ / 0-)

      of just how important the wool trade was to England's economy in the later Middle Ages.

      Cutter - someone who finished the surface of
      Draper - cloth seller
      Dyer - obvious
      Fuller - synomym for Tucker
      Lanier - woolworker
      Lister - cloth dyer
      Mercer - cloth seller
      Rock/Rocker - wool spinner
      Shearer - obvious
      Shepherd - obvious
      Sherman - from Shear-man - also obvious
      Staples - wool sorter/bundler
      Taylor - obvious
      Treadwell - synonym for Tucker
      Walker - synonym for Tucker
      Weaver - obvious
      Webb - weaver
      Webber - weaver
      Webster - female weaver
      Wool - obvious
      Woolworth - obvious

      Additionally, because in the 14th century many weavers in England were Flemish refugees/immigrants, indirectly the wool trade also gave rise to surnames such as Flanders and Flem(m)ing.

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