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 Surlyboy.Sur’plice (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Sur’name (2 syl.).
 
The over-name; either the name written over the Christian name, or given over and above it; an additional name. For a long time persons had no family name, but only one, and that a personal name. Surnames are not traced farther back than the latter part of the tenth century.   1
   Surnames of places.   2
       
In ford, in ham, and ley, and ton.
The most of English surnames run.
 


 Surlyboy.Sur’plice (2 syl.). 

 
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