English Heritage Sites In The North To Cheer On England In The Euro 2020 Final
Kane, Sterling, Pickford and Phillips; these are four of more than 32,000 surnames which feature on an England flag flying at English Heritage’s historic properties nationwide from this Friday to cheer on the England football team ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 final.
The charity designed the flags to feature the surname of almost everyone living in England today – either in the red or white of the St George Cross – and is flying the flag at its castles and palaces around the country, with many in the north of England as a nation unites under one hope: football’s coming home.
The English Heritage sites flying the flag include in our region Scarborough Castle, Conisborough Castle and Carlisle Castle - a mighty stronghold which has endured more sieges than any other place in the British Isles and which surely must inspire England’s defenders as they face the Italian team on Sunday.
As the England football players prepare to don shirts emblazoned with their surnames and to make history by appearing in the country’s first Euro finals, English Heritage asks; what’s in a name?
For thousands of years people have moved over land and sea to make England their home, from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons, the Huguenots to the Windrush generation, and a surname can map those journeys.
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A surname can reveal a long forgotten family trade, whether Smith, Thatcher, Tailor, Baker or Brewer, or football fans may take hope from Harry Kane whose surname means ‘warrior’ or watch the quick footwork of Kieran Trippier whose surname means ‘to dance’.
Our surnames are living personal links to the history of this country and a recognition that everyone living here today – including those taking to the pitch at Wembley on Sunday – will help to shape the England of tomorrow.
The surnames on English Heritage’s England flag – from Aamir to Zyla, arranged alphabetically – capture more than 32,000 family names in England, all those with over 100 occurrences in the country, and provide a snapshot of England and its people today and a window into their stories, whether long forgotten or held dear in living memory.
English Heritage has also created a digital flag on the charity’s website where people will be able to explore the history and meaning of their surname, and for those whose surname is particularly rare, add to the record by submitting it for inclusion.
Matt Thompson, English Heritage’s Head Collections Curator, said:
“History may be made at Wembley on Sunday and English Heritage is cheering on the team by flying the England flag at our castles and palaces across the country. The surnames on our England flag connect the country’s past, present and future and we hope that our flag will remind people that everyone living here today – including the Kanes and Sterlings – will shape the England of the future. Hopefully, that immediate future will be one in which England have won the Euros!”
Eleven English Heritage properties – one for each starting player on Sunday – will fly the flag bearing the surnames of England, namely:
1. Carlisle Castle, Cumbria
2. Conisborough Castle, South Yorkshire
3. Dartmouth Castle, Devon
4. Dover Castle, Kent
5. Goodrich Castle, Herefordshire
6. Jewel Tower, London
7. Osborne, Isle of Wight
8. Portchester Castle, Hampshire
9. Scarborough Castle, North Yorkshire
10. Stokesay Castle, Shropshire
11. Stonehenge, Wiltshire
To view the digital flag of England, visit https://namesofengland.english-heritage.org.uk/