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Huguenots

The 18t century poor law records contain a  records of a number of people who have unusual names. One was Lewis Thiery who was the grandson of a Huguenot refugee and it is probable there were  other Huguenots living in the village. There were also Huguenots, or probable Huguenots living in various parts of Somerset. Unlike some other religious groups, the Huguenots assimilated quickly and some were very successful.
Name Comment Location
Amyser Philip Amyser, of Litton was aged 63 and had been in England 40 years when he took out who took out patents of naturalization.  Litton
Bazzelle No one of that name has been identified by Barrell, Busell and Boissel are possible variations.  ?
Beauregard Michel Rousell married Catherine Beauregard in Bath on January 1796 but she may have been a refugee from the French revolution.  Bath
Boules Elner Boules was married to John Locston on 29th September 1634 and they had at least one son also called John baptised in West Pennard on 17th January 1640 or 1641. The author may be descended from this branch of the Loxton family.  West Pennard
Bouling Thomas Morgan married A Boulting in Wookey on 25th February 1778. The witnesses were John Rousell and William Bouling. Such variation in spelling was common but Bouling has a French sound to it.  Wookey
Chambre Elizabeth Sevier of Brockley married Henry Chambre of Bourten on 3rd of August 1738  Brockley
Chesle Chesle was a Huguenot name and the appointment of the family called Cheswell before the Rev Rebothier suggests that John Strachey had a ‘soft spot’ for Huguenots.  Stowey
Cramphione A Mr Cramphione was listed as renting some of the land near to the Rosewells and the source of that name has not yet been identified either.  CM
Dalimore The Dalimore family name is believed to have been originally De La Mare but this name is an example that ‘Frenchness’ is not evidence of a Huguenot past. There are records of a Norman French De La Mare family living in Gloucestershire in the 11th century.  CM
Frapwell The Frapwell family has strong links to Somerset but does not sound like a typical Anglo-Saxon name particularly when the alternative Frapell spelling is used.  CM
Golledge Golledge is a relatively common name locally which may have Huguenot connections because the spread of the family in Somerset is similar to the distribution of Seviers  ?
Gottreux Frederic Gottreux married Elizabeth Laura Moger in Bath in 1837 which may introduce a new Huguenot name to the list  Bath
Lasper Lasbury may sound to be a quintessentially English name but the original spelling in c1719 was Laspor and the name Lasper persisted as a field name until 1839.  East Harptree
Pages Collinson’s History of Somerset records a memorial to Solomon Pages ‘Gallius’ or Frenchman Rector of Farmborough. He was another exile from Catholic persecution on the continent born 1653 ad died in 1725.  West Harptree
Rebotier Elias Rebotier was born in St John De Gardonnenque in the Cevennes district of Languedoc in the south of France. He was Rector of Chelwood, Dinder ad Winscombe amongst other places.  Dinder
Rousell There was a Rousell family based in Crewkerne from about 1741 and this name may get confused with Rosewell.  Crewkerne
Sevier The Sevier family held land in Chewton Mendip in the 18th century. Sevier which may have been Anglicised as Season. These two names are the least similar phonetically but other factors hint at some link between the Season family and Huguenots.  CM
Thiery Lewis Thiery came to England in 1650 and his grandson of the same name held land in Chewton Mendip.  CM
Wagner Marie Eugenie Wagner was baptised in Weston Super Mare in 1866. Her father’s name was Jean Francis Eugene Wagner. Other Wagners lived in Bath.  Weston Super Mare
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