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YEOMANS / WOMANS / WHOMANS / HOMANS
Posted by: Robert New (ID *****8043) Date: June 15, 2008 at 13:12:16
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YEOMANS / WOMANS / WHOMANS / HOMANS (etc) in Worcs. and Warks., England.

Lucy WOMANS was christened 11 Mar 1797 (1798 by the Gregorian Calendar) at Inkberrow, Worcs.; her parents were John WOMANS and Elizabeth HARRIS, married there on 19 Nov 1797. Lucy, by her first marriage (only) leaves many descendants in the region - I'm one of them, she is my g-g-grandmother.
She attracted notice when trying to identify her husband, William LAMPIT, widower, who turned out to be 72 when he married (1821) Lucy who was 23!
WOMANS is a rare name turning up seemingly sporadically in the records. It seemed to be a variation on another name, but what? YEOMANS apparently, because Lucy has a sister SARAH chistened in Inkberrow in 1803, and a brother John in 1812. There seems to be another sister Ann YEOMANS, dau. of John YEOMANS and Elizabeth, ch. there in 1808.
To cut a longish story short, I've collected a list of YEOMANS (various spellings), a few WOMANS, some WHOMANS, some HOMANS and HOOMANS, and a few HUMANS, etc., including a few in the singular (without ending in 's'), in the area of Inkberrow. Feckenham, 4 miles away, Alcester and Bidford-on-Avon, etc., in Warwickshire just a few miles away. Walkable distances. These range in dates from the 1500s to the 1800s, with too few in the 1700s to be able to connect them together. Some couples and their children can be identified under different versions of those names above either in the same parish or in different parishes.
WOMANS was probably pronounced to rhyme with Romans; YEOMANS was probably pronounced similarly - as YOMANS - which is difficuly to do without introducing a diphthong - YE..OMANS.
The accent in Worcestershire and Warwickshire mangles consonants and vowels dreadfully. The village "Woodmancote" is locally pronounced as "Udmuncut". The spellings of 'our' names varies from YEAMONS to WHOMANS or HOOMANS, so I guess that the pronunciation similarly varied. Versions other than YEOMANS were common in early times, and I suspect that the attractiveness of the name YEOMANS, seemingly a desirable social rank, meant that the other names gravitated towards it as literacy increased and spellings standardised. This happened in England in the late 1800s.
The puposes of this message is to place my findings, or notions, on record. I haven't been able to connect my "John WOMANS" to anyone earlier, so if there is anyone else researching these Worcs./Warks. "YEOMANS" please help!
I just wonder if my 'WOMANS' are out there under some other name that I've not thought of. I've scanned the appropriate 'batch' for Inkberrow on the I.G.I. (all 5000 names), and the only one that gave me pause for thought was HARMANS but no connection was apparent.
Bob New


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