This interesting and unusual name, with variant spelling Domesday, originated as an occupational name for a judge's clerk or attendant. The component elements of the name are the old English pre 7th Century "dema", a judge, plus "daege", a servant, (Medieval English "deme- deye"). The surname fist appears on record toward the end of the 13th Century, (see below). Other early recordings include John Domisday - "The Subsidy Rolls of Cambridgeshire" (1327), and John Demysday, Norwich Wills Records, (1479). It is interesting to note that the Domesday Book compiled by the Commissioners of William the Conqueror in 1086, is named from the old English "domes daeg" i.e., "Judgement Day", and in some instances the surname may actually derive directly from the compilers of this book. On July 29th 1711, Mary Dumsday, an infant, was christened in Horsham, Sussex, and on April 16th 1781 Sarah Dumsday and Jonas Knight were married in East Grinstead, Sussex. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Reginald Domesday, which was dated 1297, in the "Pipe Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Domesday — Book Le Domesday Book (ou simplement Domesday), en français Livre du Jugement Dernier[1], est l’enregistrement du grand inventaire de l’Angleterre terminé en 1086, réalisé pour Guillaume le Conquérant, l’équivalent de nos jours d’un recensement… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Domesday — Domes day , n. A day of judgment. See {Doomsday}. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] {Domesday Book}, the ancient record of the survey of most of the lands of England, made by order of William the Conqueror, about 1086. It consists of two volumes, a large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Domesday — or in full Domesday Book, is the record of the lands of England made on the orders of William I in 1086. It is pronounced with the first syllable as in doom, and is a Middle English variant of the word doomsday meaning ‘the day of the Last… …   Modern English usage

  • domesday — domesday, domesday book /dowmzdey buk/duwmzdey/. (Sax.) An ancient record made in the time of William the Conqueror, and later remaining in the English exchequer, consisting of two volumes of unequal size, containing minute and accurate surveys… …   Black's law dictionary

  • Domesday — Domesday, Book …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • domesday — [do͞omz′dā, dōmz′dā΄] n. obs. var. of DOOMSDAY …   English World dictionary

  • domesday — n. (in full Domesday Book) a record of the lands of England made in 1086 by order of William I. Etymology: ME var. of doomsday, as being a book of final authority …   Useful english dictionary

  • domesday — /doohmz day , dohmz /, n. Archaic. doomsday. * * * …   Universalium

  • domesday — n. doomsday (Archaic form) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • domesday — domes·day …   English syllables

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