Harriet Henshall of Hulme St., Hartshill

Yes, we’re back with more wonderful names from Eliza’s Register (SD 1705/MS591), this time taken from our volunteer @PamWoolliscroft‘s work on the second half of the volume. This also means that the bulk of the indexing work is now complete and, after some tweaking and checking, we’re hoping to make the results for this and other volumes available online. We also have another fantastic Eliza-related story to share with you soon too…

Though Harriet Henshall is the only apprentice with such an appropriately-matched address – it’s amazing the clerk didn’t also write her trade down as “Hearthenware Henamelling”! – Hannah Horne and Henry Hollins have similarly alliterative names, along with Matinia Morris and the particularly pleasing Ada Ann Arthan.

As in the first half of the register there are many forenames with biblical connections to pick out including Ephraim Hinchco, Mehetabell Cartlidge, Jabez Hough (and Heath), Hiram Pritchard, and Caleb Banks – both Hiram and Caleb also happen to be named after their fathers. Latin derivations also appear, giving us Cornelius Leigh and Valentine Bennett, as well as more modern-sounding Italian names like Orlando Hancock and Novello Burton.

There are some wonderful middle names found within the register but the best almost always belong to female apprentices – we particularly liked Ethel Elismore Marfleet, Elizabeth Dorcus Rotheram, and Ada Hortense Sergeant. On the male side the distinctive De Tanzie name appears in the volume on a number of occasions, initially in an entry for James De Tanzie Stewart and his eldest son Henry Charles De Tanzie Stewart and again when the same James De Tanzie Stewart “objects to bind” his second son Herbert James (no De Tanzie for him!) Stewart.

On a number of occasions we felt it would be wise to cross check some of the register’s more usual-looking surnames with other relevant documents in the collection, or decipher the more difficultly-written entries using census data… after all, “Faylor Taylor” surely proves that mistakes were made during the production of this volume! Thomas Dono, Agnes Maria Mouk, Emma Cowdock, and Mary Hurdus were all confirmed using this method but we’re at a bit of a loss when it comes to apprentice china burnisher Agnes Louise Geischin, who is also Grischen in SD 1705/MS50 and Gieschen in the 1871 census.

Finally, we have to highlight those names that jump off the page for no other reason than they sound so right. Our absolute favourites include Augusta Goodfellow, Nellie McNiff and… Elizabeth Windsor?!