The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2435 Thursday, 19 December 2002
Date: Wednesday, 18 Dec 2002 15:31:35 -0000
Subject: 13.2426 Re: What's a "meacock"?
Comment: Re: SHK 13.2426 Re: What's a "meacock"?
Carol Barton wrote:
>For starters, as the URLs below indicate, Al---it's a surname. (See
>assorted variant spellings.) --- Perhaps the pejorative derives from the
>behavior of one of the bearers.
The best suggestion is that these variants are all diminutives (double
diminutives) of Matthew. (Charles W. Bardsley, "Curiosities of Puritan
Nomenclature", 2nd ed., 1888.) I have put out a call on the English
Surname List for any later information.
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