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INFLUENTIAL: The 1954 campaigh against litter in the countryside led to the formation of the Keep Britain Tidy group.

Campaigning for good causes

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It would seem these days that everyone has got an opinion about something or other; should we stay in the EU? Should we make organ

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Pope Francis acknowledges a group of youth singing in St. Peter's Square from his window during the Angelus prayer, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. Francis lingered after the Angelus to listen to a youth choir sing Christmas carols, telling them "Bravi." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Popes and priests

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. The Old English word Papa, derived from the Greek, Pappas, meaning “father”

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Kings in Ireland: The name Callaghan may derive from a 10th Century Irish monarch. Pictured here is a castle ruin along the Wild Atlantic Way. Picture: Thinkstock

King Callaghan

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. There are several ways of spelling the surname Callaghan. A selection is

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As old as Adam

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. The surname Adcock is a diminutive form derived from the first name,

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Named after St Nick

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. Nichols, which clearly is derived from the first name, Nicholas, has a

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Sometimes the name describes a person’s job; thus, Jewel could have applied to a jewel trader or maker. Also featured on these pages, the names Leathers and Pells may have origins in animal products.

Just the job

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of  their surnames. Keith Nichols, of Kessingland, asks about the surname Jewel. It has been

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Dodman is Norfolk dialect for a snail.

Of snails and saints

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. Martin is a very high frequency surname, there being over 70,000 bearers

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Rudhams of East Anglia

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. Maureen Marshall got in touch to ask about her maiden name, Rudderham.

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Medieval peasants – the name 
Freeman occurs in the 
Domesday Book 
of 1086. Illustration: Thinkstock

Free-born folk of England

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. Freeman is an exceptionally high frequency surname, there being 19,103 instances recorded

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Robotham from the valley

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Our expert Derek Palgrave answers readers’ queries on the origins of their surnames. Reader Keith Robotham asked about his surname. This is a fairly high

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