Regarding my father's ancestry I have found that most of this has already been researched going back over 500 years via his maternal line; my paternal grandmother, Jane Tomlinson. For the most part they were yeomen in North Meols in West Lancashire: a very small gene pool until recent times so I have found that the same surnames keep appearing: Rimmer/Rimer/Rymer/Rymmer/Rymor, Charnley, Howarth/Howard/Howerd/Haworth/Hawert/Haychard/Heyward, Boond, Brookfield/Brookfeeld/Brockfilde, Wright, Ball/Baule, Blundall/Blundell, Abram/Abraham, Such/Sutch. Some of these names are indicative of the occupation of the original ancestor. Some names developed from nicknames, others are patronymic such as Johnson, Peters, Christopherson etc and others relate to either features in the landscape or a settlement name (eg Abram). An example of the latter is Aughton from my ancestor Alis Aughton (about 1644-1720), wife of Thomas Baule (1640-1674) and mother of Anne Ball. Aughton is a place name from which the family name was taken from. Interestingly it appears to have mystical and heathen associations:
"Aughton (meaning 'oak town'), was a pre-conquest settlement and was English in the true sense of the word, being an 'Angle-ish' place name." (page 26, North Meols and Southport. A History by Peter Aughton, 1988)
"Aughton, 'farmstead where oak-trees grow', OE ac + tun." (A Dictionary of English Place-Names, A.D. Mills, 1991)
As Aughton was clearly an ancient settlement, named by the Anglo-Saxons and particularly noted for its abundance of oak trees (sacred to our ancestors) needless to say this must have had a religious significance for the pre-xtian Anglo-Saxons. From this place name one line of my ancestors took their family name:
"The family of Aughton had been established in Lancashire for about four generations. Their male line came from Rhuddlan in North Wales where they were driven out by the Welsh risings in the thirteenth century and as compensation were given land at Aughton. They adopted the place name for their family name but clung to their Welsh ancestry for several generations using forenames such as Madoc, Bleddyn and Llewelyn. 'The lords of high Snowdon in great days of yore, were wont to make battle on Mona's fair shore', and in 1282 Wido (alias Guy) de Aughton renounced England for Wales and fought for Llewelyn ap Griffiths in Snowdonia against Edward I. His act of Welsh patriotism cost him his life and he fell in battle." (page 26, Aughton)
My ancestral line runs through Madoc, son of Madoc, son of Llewelyn. It is interesting that still in 1881 this surname appears to be mainly confined to this part of Lancashire. See http://gbnames.publicprofiler.org/Map.aspx?name=AUGHTON&year=1881&altyear=1998&country=GB&type=name
Whilst place name study has rightly been regarded as important and can reveal much of our collective early history, by contrast the study of family names has been largely ignored until recently with the increasing popularity of amateur genealogy. As folkish Wodenists it is important that we do all that we can to research both our native land and our ancestral lines for by doing so we can connect with our ancestors, remember them and honour them: an important aspect of our religion. We can also uncover lost knowledge of who we are and where we have sprung from; an important consideration when living in today's multiracial cesspit. This information must be developed, preserved and handed down to our offspring.
Another surname which appears in my family tree is Hodson from my ancestor Ellen Hodson, wife of John Ball (born 1674) and mother of Ann Ball (1702-1777). Apparently one meaning of this name is 'son of Odo.' (A Dictionary of English Surnames, P.H. Reaney & R.M. Wilson, 1958) This may be of significance as historical records refer to a man named Odda, son of Grim:
"Also in the Landnamabok is mentioned an ancestor of Mark de Meols called Odda, the son of Grim, possibly the first Norse settler in the Meols-" (page 17, Aughton)
Interestingly I appear to be related to Mark as I can trace a line of ancestry via the Aughtons to Alan de Meols (1237-1295) so it is likely that I am descended from Odda and Grim. However I have yet to carry out further research on this. The great question is, who was this 'Grim'? We know that this was an alternative name for Odin. It is of course possible that people were named Grim in order to curry the favour of Odin. I have already referred to the possible origins of the surname Rimmer/Rimer/Rymer/Rymmer/Rymor http://aryan-myth-and-metahistory.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/honour-and-remember-ancestors.html
Whilst the accepted meaning of this surname is: 'a rimer, poet' (Reaney, Wilson) there may be more than one explanation and the name could have evolved separately in different parts of England. Lancashire has a strong history of Viking settlement and this is reflected in the surnames. In addition to the 'rimer/poet' explanation Mr Aughton also puts forward an alternative. The water table is named locally as the 'ream' and perhaps "the men who dug the ditches and built the dykes were known as reamers." However this explanation would only be valid for the Lancashire Rimmers. Another theory and one that is more interesting to us is that "the Rimmers have a much older, Norse origin from the name 'Grim' or 'Grimr'". Mr Aughton is not convinced by that explanation but if one takes into account that the "first Norse settler in the Meols" was "called Odda, the son of Grim" then this makes it an extremely plausible argument especially when one takes into account the heavy Norse settlement in Meols which was named by the Vikings.
Another surname of obvious Odinic associations is Hosker via my ancestor Agnes Hosker (1768-1839) which is derived from OE Osgar 'god-spear'. Clearly the only 'god-spear' known to our ancestors was Gungnir, the spear of Woden/Odin. The forename Oscar has the same meaning. The study of place names and family names demonstrates one very important fact, that blood and soil are inextricably linked and it is as important to our folk and race that we preserve both our bloodlines and our ancestral lands, defend them by all necessary means and free them from alien pollution.