Re: that vs who

Subject: Re: that vs who
From: Janice Gelb <Janice -dot- Gelb -at- Sun -dot- COM>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 05 Apr 2009 10:17:28 +1000

Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant) wrote:
> I reminds me a bit of ages where people used their profession as their
> name, and who maybe went by the name of their job. I don't know if this
> really happened, but I recall it from Shakespeare (Juliet's nurse just
> goes by the name Nurse, although it's obviously her role) and from
> novels.

You can see this in common English surnames such as
Smith and Cooper, and my husband's surname is Boucher,
which is French for "butcher."

It's also one of the reasons that Jewish genealogy is
so difficult: when hereditary surnames became established
in Europe in the eighteenth century, many families were
given surnames that reflected professions (such as
"Schneider" for tailor or "Farber" for a painter")
but they are obviously not related to each other.

-- Janice

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