of the Name are Bubba, Bubbe, mainly due to the
that in the early years of this millennium, records were kept
in writing by poorly educated clerics. Due to bad writing or
ignorance as how to spell (by our standards) names could be
interpreted in different ways.
If you have ever
asked one of the Computerized Family Name "Experts" for a print
out of the name "BUBB", you will have been given the information
that the name is French/Norman.
records show that in the year 1250 Anglo-Saxon Christian names
were used by some "Bubba" or "Bubbe" Families. A Norman family
would never have used Anglo-Saxon names. I understand folk who
still live in the area believe that the name is of Saxon origin.
records show that my family line commonly used as their Christian
names of past and present Kings or their family. Furthermore
it should be remembered that in medieval times and earlier,
most families did not possess surnames.
were simply known as, for example "John of Gaunt". Usually a
name which would readily identify them, such as the name of
the hamlet in which they lived, their trade, or the way that
Elwes writes in 'The Eponymous Families of Great Britain' (This
book is in The British Museum) as follows – "It would be interesting
to know more of this Family which is believed by several eminent
historians to be of Roman origin, on the grounds that BUBBA
was the name of a Roman family during the closing years of the
of course does not necessarily mean that the original founder
of the family in Great Britain was of true Roman origin.
Roman Empire extended at it’s height over most of Europe, encompassing
many different nationalities. The Soldiers of The Roman Empire
consisted not only of Roman Citizens, but of many other nationalities
and tribes, including French, German, Spanish, Hungarian, Romanian,
etc. Normally about 50% of the fighting men were not Roman Citizens,
but belonged to the various tribes they had conquered
a Roman Legionnaire retired after having served his 25 years
in the army, he was granted Roman citizenship. He was then granted
land in the country that he served in, usually married a local
girl and settled down to a quiet farming life. Consequently
many of the Roman Villas discovered and excavated in recent
years were Farming Settlements founded by ex-Legionnaires.
As The Roman Empire
contracted and Roman Troops were withdrawn from Great Britain
so the retired Legionnaires stayed on with their families and
gradually became absorbed into the local population.
status however as ex-Roman citizens stood them in good stead
and they usually flourished and prospered at peace with the
it be just a coincidence therefore, that for nearly 600 years
of The Family's recorded history; The Family was centered around
the villages of Bentham, Badgeworth and Witcombe (Wytcumbe),
just off Ermine Street, one of the great Roman Roads, and within
a stones throw of three Roman Villas, including the well known
Villa at Witcombe ?