Hall Genealogy Old Occupation Names
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Updated Sun, 13-Sep-2015
Old Name
New Name or Meaning
Faber Workman or Artisan
Factor 1) Agent transacting business for merchants 2) Sold goods on commission 3) (Scottish) Steward collecting land rents
Fagetter Firewood seller - made bundles of faggots
Faker Photographer's assistant - added hand colouring to monochrome photographs before colour film was invented
Fakir / Faker Street salesman, seller, hawker, vendor or peddler
Fancy Man A pimp
Fancy Woman A prostitute
Fancy-pearl Worker Made items, such as buttons, from mother-of-pearl
Fanner Grain winnower
Fanwright Made or repaired fans or winnowing baskets
Farandman Travelling merchant
Farm Bailiff Made sure a tenant farmer ran the farm properly and was paying the rent on time. If not the bailiff had the authority to evict.
Farrier 1) A blacksmith who shoes horses 2) Horse Doctor 3) Cavalry NCO responsible for horses
Fawkner/ Faulkner Falconer
Faunist Naturalist
Fear-Nought Maker Made thick woollen material called fear-nought for protective clothing and lining insides the powder magazines of warships
Feather Beater/Driver/Dresser Cleaned feathers for sale
Feather Mason Split stone using curved metal 'feathers' with wedges hammered between them.
Feather Wife Woman who cleaned feathers for sale
Featherman Dealer in feathers
Feeder Herdsman
Feller Woodcutter
Fellmonger 1) Dealer in hides and skins , also recycled inedible animal parts for glue, fertiliser, offal, horn, bone, gut etc. Basically, he ran the "knacker's yard". More Info. 2) Tree cutter / woodsman
Fellowship Porter A kind of uniformed bonded messenger, vetted for honesty etc before admission to the Guild of Fellowship Porters, to whom they were accountable. You could trust your valuables to them for transport from your London office to another warehouse, shop or office
Felter Worked with felt - normally in the hat trade
Fender Smith Made and maintained fenders surrounding fires
Fent Dealer Dealer in "Fents" - cloth remnants, ends of bolts of cloth etc.
Feroner Ironmonger
Ferreter Made or dealt in "ferret" - silk tape
Ferur / Ferator Blacksmith / Farrier
Festitian Physician
Fettler 1) Cleaned mill machinery, removing accumulations of fibres, grease etc. and sharpened fustian cutters' knives 2) Needle maker who filed the points
Fever Blacksmith
Fewster Made wooden saddle trees – the “chassis” upon which a leather saddle is constructed
Fewterer Looked after the hounds used in hunting or hare coursing
Feydur (Feather) Beater Feather beater
Fictor Modeller
Fiddler Used a fiddle (small knife) to remove the flashing from cast clay forms such as bowls, creamers, cups or pitchers.
Field Master 1) Inspected hedges and fences of a parish and also impounded stray animals 2) Tended fields set aside to produce hay. Also Hayward
File Cutter Made files by cutting rows of sharp teeth into a metal blank
Filler Filled bobbins in textile mills
Fine Drawer Invisible mender (clothing)
Firemen (Salt Industry)

The men responsible for stoking the furnaces so as to maintain the brine at the correct temperature during the salt making period, which might be a few hours at high temperature for fine salt or several days at lower temperatures for the coarser types.   Highly skilled work.

Fireworker 18c. Maker of fireworks. A very dangerous occupation - they often actually smoked when working with gunpowder!
Fire Beater Tended factory boilers
Firkenman Handled casks - 'Firkins'of ale , but not supervising the content
First Hand Silk weaver who owned his own loom. Early silk weaving was largely done in the home
Fiscere Fisherman - Anglo-Saxon term
Fish Bobber Landed the fish from trawlers to the quay side
Fish Fag Female fish seller
Fitter 1) Coal broker 2) Early term for a Joiner 3) From 19c. a skilled mechanic
Flagger Lays paving stones etc. also called a Paver or Paviour
Flagger & Tiler Laid roofing tiles and the rectangular stone flags used in some parts of the country for roofing
Flasher Specialist worker in glass making
Flatman / Floatman Boatman on a flat bottom boat (a flat) used in shallow waters (mainly rivers and canals) for transport. The term also came to refer to shallow-draft coastal sailing vessels.  More Info.
Flauner Confectioner
Flax Dresser Person who breaks and swingles flax, or prepares it for the spinner.
Flax Scutcher Sepatared the husk from the flax fibres by holding it against rotating paddles
Flesher / Fleshmonger 1) Tannery worker  2) Butcher
Fleshewer Butcher
Fletcher Made arrows - from French, flèche
Floater Vagrant
Flowering Muslin Embroidery
Flusherman Cleaned out water pipes
Fly Coachman / Flyman
Fly Proprietor/Master
1) Drove a "fly" a one horse two wheeled light carriage 2) Flyman also a term for a theatre stage hand 3) A Fly Proprietor/Master employed fly drivers for hire and usually owned the flys.
Fly Forger / Maker

A drop forger who stamped out  parts of 'flyers' for textile spinning machinery. More Info.

Flying Stationer Street broadsheet (newspaper) seller
Fogger / Pettifogger 1) Peddler. 2) Middleman in the nail and chain trade 3) Agricultural labourer who fed cattle 4) Low class lawyer or "Pettifogger"
Foister / Foisterer / Fuyster Joiner
Foot Maiden Female servant
Footman Male servant
Footpad Thief (mugger)
Foot-Post Mail carrier (on foot)
Foot Straightener Made watch and clock dials
Forester Looked after woods, normally on gentleman's estate, or major local forest
Forgeman / Forger 1) Blacksmith or his assistant 2) In 18c Derbyshire - Coachsmith
Forkner Falconer (phonetic)
Form Fitter Fitted "forms" for building. ie formwork for arch building.
Fossetmaker Made (wooden) taps for ale casks
Founder Foundryman - casts metal i.e. iron, brass
Fower Sweeper, street cleaner
Foyboatman A shore-based seaman who worked a "foy" to give assistance to vessels entering port - running lines from the ship to shore, towing small vessels etc. Foy is a corruption of fee, which was what the boatman charged
Frame Spinner Tended a machine for spinning cotton threads - a Spinning Frame - More Info.
Framer Constructed the wooden frames of buildings, also in chair making
Framework Knitter
Operated a hosiery making loom (Abbreviated FWK in census returns) More Info.
Freedman A freed slave
Freeholder Land owner
Freeman Held the full rights of citizenship, such as voting and engaging in business, free of feudal service - a man who had served his apprenticeship and who could then work at his trade in his own right
Freemason Stone mason
Freshwaterman Sailed on inland or coastal waters
Friezer Friezed cloth (i.e. embroidery with silver or gold)
Frieser Made rough plaster known as friese, also any strip pattern which repeats itself in some way and used in castings such as are used in decorative gates, railings etc.
Fringemaker Made ornamental borders or fringes in cloth making
Fripperer Bought and sold old clothes and fripperies
Friseur Hairdresser
Frobisher / Furbisher Cleaned and polished metal – i.e. armour
Fruitestere Female fruit seller
Fulker Pawnbroker
Fuller / Tucker / Walker One who "fulls" cloth; the process of cleaning (removing the natural oils and lanolin) wool in preparation for spinning and weaving, using fuller's earth. In medieval times, this involved treading the cloth in stale urine for some 8 hours. More Info.
Fulling Miller Milled Fullers Earth for Fulling woolen cloth (above)
Fumigator During the great plague, Fumigators were employed to disinfect houses by burning sulphur, saltpetre and urine. Presumably the smell would kill the germs!
Funambulist Tightrope walker
Furner Baker
Furrier Fur dealer - as today
Fustian Cutter / Weaver A person who lifted and cut the threads in the making of Fustian, formerly a kind of coarse cloth made of cotton and flax. Now a thick, twilled cotton cloth with a short pile or nap, a kind of cotton velvet. A long thin knife was inserted into the loops and the threads cut as it was pulled through, stretched between rollers. The cloth was then brushed to raise the pile. Fustian is the old name for corduroy / A weaver of Fustian
Fustian Loom Jobber Otherwise known as a Tackler, he serviced and maintained the Fustian looms
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