Saturday, April 05, 2008

Pemberton, Wigan, Lancashire, UK

Adam was with the Normans who invaded England in 1066 AD. As they conquered by village, city and county, a Norman would be appointed to the governorship of each place. A small village in Lancashire was well-known for its production of barley. Adam was made the governor of this village. It was also typical for each governor to assume the name of the place he governed. The word for barley in English at the time was not "barley", it was "pember". The name of the village Adam was appointed to govern was Pemberton, after the barley that was produced there. His name, therefore, became Adam d'Pemberton. He was the progenitor of the Pembertons, the Burtons and every other derivative name.

The village doesn't exist like it did back then, but I've just discovered that the area is still known as such.

I've never been there. Maybe someday.

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