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EXCLUSIVE - Revealed: the real origins of the England team

18th of May 2010

The ancestral origins of the England team by analyzing their surnames

  • Gerrard and Lampard could play for Germany
  • Wayne Rooney is of Irish descent
  • Heskey is a tree

The people-finding website 192.com and expert genealogists Your Family History Magazine have discovered the ancestral origins of the England team by analyzing their surnames.

192.com launched the study as part of their World Cup campaign to reunite people who witnessed England's 1966 victory to encourage a winning spirit in 2010.

Your Family History are experts in comparing names with geographical origins, and their researchers got stuck in to the England team, picking apart their roots.

The research revealed shocking insights into key members of Capello's squad. These are detailed below.

Wayne Rooney

Reflective of Irish origins, Rooney is particularly prevalent in County Down and means "descendant of the champion".

Frank Lampard

German sheep farmer. Lampard has Germanic origins from the early medieval period, linked to the name "Lambert"; possibly also linked to "lamb-herd".

Steven Gerrard

The original meaning is from the old German for "spear-brave" and partly derives from a male ancestor.

James Milner

England's utility man has industrial origins, with "Milner" being a possible derivative of miller. Milner is a rare name linked to the Northern and Eastern counties and thought to be linked to the Scandinavian version of miller.

John Terry

Terry was a common name on the continent in the medieval period, and means "people rule". "People Rule" comes from the Old German 'theudoric' and describes a form of democracy.

Rio Ferdinand

An exotic mixture; Spanish via the Vizigoths of Germany and linked to a two-part meaning for "peace" and "brave".

Gareth Barry

Norman conquistador: Barry derives from original French from the Norman Conquest and onwards. Barry reflects the word for a section of a fortification below the "rampart", hence a dweller in the suburb below the fortifications.

Theo Walcott

Like his rapid style of play, Walcott appears in a number of places. As a place name, Walcott appears across England. In Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire Northampton, Shropshire, Wiltshire and Warwickshire the name appears as Walcot. In Leicester it appears as Walcote, finally appearing in Worcester and Norfolk as Walcott. Walcot or Walcott derives from the anglo-saxon word, "Wulfrige" - a man who lived in a cottage.

Glen Johnson

Johnson means son of John, which would have been passed down from father to son.

Emile Heskey

Heskey is a place name, namely from Haskey in North Yorkshire and probably derived from old English or Norse for "oak tree"

Peter Crouch

Means: "One who lives by a cross". This can mean living by an erected stone cross; or a fork in the road.

Jamie Carragher

The Carragher surname is Irish in origin but has earlier Scottish roots. "Carragher" is particularly prevalent in County Armagh and Louth, and literally translates "as dear man" from the original clan leader who was given to good works.

Dominic Blackburn, Product Director of 192.com said: "Whatever their ancestry, we're backing the England team in South Africa. We've had an incredible response to our World Cup campaign to reunite the fans from 1966 and we're urging England fans to get back together for a winning spirit in 2010".

Nick Barratt Editor in Chief of Your Family History said: "We have an outstanding team of historians, researchers and genealogists and as the country goes football mad we wanted to look behind the name on the shirt. I'm pleased say none of the names came back meaning "prone to miss".

About 192.com

192.com is the UK's most awarded online directory, helping find people, businesses and places for millions of users every month. On 192.com, users can search over 700 million records including free directory enquiries, edited electoral roll information, local business listings, interactive mapping, aerial photography and property reports.

Get ready to roar!

We're urging missing friends who remember England's 1966 World Cup victory to get back together and roar the lads to victory in 2010. The best reunion wins a meal on us watching a World Cup game. Learn more and share great World Cup moments at http://worldcup.192.com.

Your Family History Magazine

Your Family History's team of leading experts, researchers and historians show you not only how to discover who your ancestors were, but also guide you into the rich local and social history that brings context to their lives. Your Family History features a range of topics each issue, linking your personal research with local and national heritage themes through our connections with English Heritage, National Trust and the world of archives. The footballers' names research was based on an analysis of surnames and not an examination of family trees.

For more information contact the 192.com Press Office.