Surplice

This is a rare name which in its various spellings has been found in North America since the early days of independence. It's origin is French and derives from Surplice, the gown of a priest and refers to one who manufactured such a garment or is a nickname for one who adopted a "priestly" appearance or posture. The latter is considered to be the most likely original source as traditionally surplices were made by the Nuns from wedding dresses donated by parishioners. The name recordings include the following examples: John Surpless who married Polly Spicer at Richland, Ohio on June 24th 1821, whilst Catherine Surpliss was also recorded at Richland, on September 5th 1875. Earlier on July 11th 1870, one Richard Surplice married Libbie Davie, at Newago, Michigan. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Surphlet, which was dated March 14th 1785, who was married Margaret Pike at Wayne, Detroit, during the reign of Presidency of George Washington, (1789 - 1797). 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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  • Surplice — • A large sleeved tunic of half length, made of fine linen or cotton, and worn by all the clergy Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Surplice     Surplice      …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Surplice — Sur plice, n. [F. surplis, OF. surpeiz, LL. superpellicium; super over + pellicium, pelliceum, a robe of fur, L. pellicius made of skins. See {Pelisse}.] (Eccl.) A white garment worn over another dress by the clergy of the Roman Catholic,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surplice — loose white robe, late 13c., from O.Fr. surpeliz, from M.L. superpellicium a surplice, lit. an over fur garment, from L. super over (see SUPER (Cf. super )) + M.L. pellicium fur garment, tunic of skins, from L. pellis skin (see FILM …   Etymology dictionary

  • Surplice — The outer garment of an officiating priest, chorister, or other official in the Church, generally of white linen, with very wide sleeves and falling almost to the feet …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • surplice — ► NOUN ▪ a loose white linen robe worn over a cassock by clergy and choristers at Christian church services. ORIGIN Old French sourpelis, from Latin super above + pellicia fur garment …   English terms dictionary

  • surplice — [sʉr′plis] n. [ME surplis < Anglo Fr surpliz < OFr < ML superpelliceum < L super , above (see SUPER ) + pelliceum, fur robe, neut. of L pelliceus, made of skins < pellis, skin (see FELL4)] a loose, white, wide sleeved outer… …   English World dictionary

  • Surplice — A surplice (Late Latin superpelliceum , from super , over and pellis , fur ) is a liturgical vestment of the Western Christian Church. The surplice has the form of a tunic of white linen or cotton material, reaching to the knee or to the ankles,… …   Wikipedia

  • surplice — surpliced, adj. /serr plis/, n. 1. a loose fitting, broad sleeved white vestment, worn over the cassock by clergy and choristers. 2. a garment in which the two halves of the front cross diagonally. [1250 1300; ME surplis < AF surpliz, syncopated… …   Universalium

  • surplice — I. noun Etymology: Middle English surplis, from Anglo French, from Medieval Latin superpellicium, from super + pellicium coat of skins, from Latin, neuter of pellicius made of skins, from pellis skin more at fell Date: 13th century a loose white… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surplice — UK [ˈsɜː(r)plɪs] / US [ˈsɜrplɪs] noun [countable] Word forms surplice : singular surplice plural surplices a loose white piece of clothing, worn over other clothes by priests, church singers, and people who help during ceremonies …   English dictionary

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