OUP has just released new work on names with 100 examples in England.
Just listened to author n Radio 4 brekkie show which you can hear on iplayer catch up , Interview is around 845 UK or 1545 Siam(The show is 3hrs 6-9am)

BBC - Radio 4 In Our Time - Justinian's Legal Code.

Of course patronymics hamper research.Spanish surnames contain all granparents. E.g. Dago Costa-Lot,Gonzalez,Speedos

While common in Ireland and USA my mob are on one side,Ó Súileabháin 'descendant of Súileabhán', a personal name composed of the elements súil 'eye' + dubh 'black', 'dark' + the diminutive suffix -án.aND soule name for bird worker

Similar names are Hawker , Fowler and closest Falconer in modern English similar to Fauconnier and Falkender

however. there are plans to release names with frequency of 20+.
Not sure of methodology OUP is a respected Oxford college and I'd imagine they'd use census or telephone directory samples?

Here's the link


Some interesting examples
Reeve,Titley and Ward may be related to gurads,tollkeepers,talleymen or tax collecting

Baxter from Baker
Twelevetrees gradually changed from Welldrake in Yorkshire revealing how elision and vowel shift can make modern names origin unrecognizable

In finest Leinster brogue BROGAN Irish bogman
Occupational name derived from Irish bróg meaning "shoe".

Snakeyes may be from beyond the pale from sanookize to tie her down

Knowlton from Kent

Willy of course as expected a helmet

Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name William. From the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm helmet

Momo an never Ende story that drones on and on attractive to anal infants
Momo, also known as The Grey Gentlemen or The Men in Grey, is a fantasy novel by Michael Ende, published in 1973.

Bettyboo(p) changed gradually from a fantasy cartoon servicing seamen to a goat-fetish journal

Humbert apart from having lo-liter was kraut the bart as in Breitbart (bright or red Beard) Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Humbert. Means "bright warrior", derived from the Germanic elements hun "warrior, bear cub" and beraht "bright".

Rod Rhoddi etc all from same root as Roderigo , Roderich , Cloderic Friederich, those Ericks got around

The Farrer Farrow is cognisant with Ferrer and Ferrero in Latin languages and While they used Scots experts , Dial Riata was where middle Irish displaced Pictish up to the Moravian zones and Interface with Norse language influences.Some of the Irish names sighted are moot IMHO , while pre written records it is of course debabtle today.

Fortunately in post invasion England there are good written records, most of Ireland's records were destroyed in the 4 courts during the 22 bombing and subsequent fires.

DrBob may have been kneeling patiently but Bob from Robert
Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Robert. From the Germanic name Hrodebert meaning "bright fame", derived from the Germanic elements hrod "fame" and beraht "bright". The Normans introduced this name to Britain, where it replaced the Old English cognate Hreodbeorht.

Of course robert the spruce had offspring with Princess Smegma of Onamaticpier and there offspring