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|I always associated Knightley with...
Written by Felicity
(2/22/2011 10:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, A few observations about character names. (long), penned by Anne-Marie
... knighthood. The name Woodhouse on the other hand gave a sense of seclusion. I had this mental image of a little wooden house in the middle of a forest, which is finally discovered by the afomerementioned knight. (Please bear with me and my weird ideas.)
However, on googling the name Woodhouse, I found this:
"Woodhouse is a name derived from the description of the residence of the originator when surnames first began to be used in general public." (Which must make it... old.) "I have seen a report of a family in England after the Norman conquest who started by using de la Woodhouse after they were granted some land by a member of the Norman aristocracy. They dropped the 'de la' " (...thankfully) "after a couple of generations."
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