Last name: Stark

This name derives from the Medieval English "Stark" itself coming from the Olde English pre 7th Century "stearc" meaning "firm and unyielding". The name was originally given as a nickname to a strong determined person and is first recorded in the early half of the 13th Century, (see below). One, William Stark appears in the 1314, Fine Court Rolls of Essex as a witness. The surname is well recorded in Scotland from the late 14th Century onwards. In "Ancient Charters of the earldom of Morten" the leasing of Estirbalbretane lands to Richard Starke is recorded (1376). William Stark, tenant in Castalstaris, appears in the "Rental Book of Glasgow diocese" (1540). The name, with its variant forms Starkie and Starkey, is in Ireland since the 14th Century. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rannulf Stark. which was dated 1222, in the Pipe Rolls of Suffolk. during the reign of King Henry 111, known as the Frenchman 1216 - 1272. 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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gaynor
Hiya Tracey. No word from the forum.I think we can give up on that route. We will be visiting driffield in the near future to look at Fanny's grave and also to visit the library to check on the info. that was given to us from the Driffield Times on the forum. I would imagine we would be able to look at old newspapers there. We are in touch with Edwins only surviving daughter(he may have more,who knows!) although we have never met,so before we pass on any info. to her we want to be certain its correct. She has heard from various relatives in the past what went on and has always said he suffered from shell shockI dont think we will ever know for sure,but on the childrens homes forms it said he was in good health. Anyway, I was going to suggest that if your anywhere near Driffield we could meet up somewhere. I'll leave it up to you.I promise you were quite normal!. Gaynor.

Gaynor
Hiya Tracey. We are all set for our visit.Not too many problems with the weather. We have found some old photos(and some newer ones) which we think you would like to see.We will bring other info as well. Hope you can still make it. We have heard about the horible floodings up there and hope you havent suffered too much. Hope to see you Sunday.