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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

April 5- Old occupations that start with D




Searching through my family tree surnames, for this letter, I found that I don't have any that start with D.  First names, ditto. Place names, ditto and I didn't want to do dog, sooooo...  Old occupations that start with D. This could be fun.

Using my copy of ' A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations,' by Colin Waters, I delved into the letter D.

Daunsel , interesting but what is it. A male servant of a gentleman.

This one sounds fun! A Deplumer, feather worker who stripped of feathers or plucked the feathers. That would tickle your nose.

Diker and Discifer catch my attention. Diker is a ditch or trench digger. Discifer is a steward.

This one would have been interesting to watch, a dodderer. Well it was a person employed to lop off the horns of farm animals.

This one really got my attention, dragons blood dealer. No, they didn't sell dragons blood but was a dealer in resin and gums.

These were just some of the interesting ones I came across.

What weird occupations does your family tree have?   Mine were all boring.

Bye for now,
Lilian.

8 comments:

  1. Delightful list - what a beaut theme for an A-Z Challenge at another time.

    Is Ditherer (what I am) in your dictionary?

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  2. Delightful list - what a beaut theme for an A-Z Challenge at another time.

    Is Ditherer (what I am) in your dictionary?

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    1. No, Jill it isn't in the occupation dictionary but I did find it in the Collins English Dictionary. Didn't think of you as a ditherer.

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  3. What a fun and interesting post. I don't recall anything quite so interesting as the feather plucker, but I have a couple women from the 1930s who sewed the seam in women's stockings.
    Visiting from AtoZ
    Wendy
    Jollett Etc.

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  4. I have one ancestor who was a calico print engraver.

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  5. My great grandfather was an engine room artificer. I thought the accent would be on "art" but when my father says it he pronounces it with the accent on "tif" as in arTIFicer.

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  6. My great grandfather was an engine room artificer. I thought the accent would be on "art" but when my father says it he pronounces it with the accent on "tif" as in arTIFicer.

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