>On the subject of surnames- mine is Wroe- and it may be welsh in
>origin- I believe it is a type of Gaelic or something
>does anybody know it's heritage or have reference in a book
>to it or anything? I would greatly appreciate it!!
P.H. Reaney's _A Dictionary of British Surnames_ offers the following:
Wroe, Wray: Tomas de Wra 1196 P(Y); Richard del Wro 1210 Cur(Nf); Ralph
in le Wra 1260 Ass(Y); John in Ye Wro 1366 ShefA. Old Norse _vra/_
"nook, corner, remote or isolated place". In the north it became Wray
(Lancs) and Wrea, Wreay (Cumb). At Wrayside (Cumb) in 1285 lived Henry
del Wra. Farther south this became Middle English _wro_ which does not
seem to have survived as a place-name. Both _wra_ and _wro_ were common
in Yorkshire where both _Wray_ and _Wroe_ are still found. Here and in
Norfolk they must derive from unidentified remote spots.
Looks like it's Old Norse, not Celtic! I hope this helps.
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