Hall Genealogy Old Occupation Names
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Updated Mon, 05-Mar-2018
Old Name
New Name or Meaning
Packman Itinerant seller - carried the goods in his pack
Pack Thread Spinner Operated a thread or twine making machine
Pad Maker Made small measuring baskets
Paintress Woman who hand painted pottery
Paling Man Seller of eels
Palister Park keeper
Pannier Man Fishmonger
Pannifex Worker in the cloth trade
Pansmith 1)Pan maker and/or repairer- metal worker 2) Made and maintained the large, shallow pans in which salt was boiled
Panter Keeper of the pantry
Pantler Butler
Pantographer An engraver who used a Pantograph to transfer the pattern from a drawing to the engraving surface.
Papaya Man Involved in trade with New Guinea (derived from Papua, New Guinea)
Paper Stainer Printed wallpaper
Paperer Inserted sewing needles into paper packets ready for sale
Pardoner Licensed seller of indulgences
Pargeter Applied pargetting (ornamental plaster) to buildings
Parish Apprentice Working child of the workhouse
Paritor Church official attending courts to execute their orders
Parker Park keeper, usually a game park
Parminster Worked with Cotswold stone roofing tiles
Passage Keeper Cleaned the local passageways and alleyways
Pasteler Pastry chef
Pastor Shepherd
Patten Maker/ Pattener Made "pattens" to fit under normal shoes for wet/muddy use. Clog-maker
Pattern Card Maker Made the cards that set the pattern on weaving looms - the "jacquard" method
Pattern Maker Makes wood patterns for the construction of steel or other metal objects. eg. Patterns are made for ship construction, for castings etc.
Paternosterer Maker of Rosaries
Paver / Paviour / Pavier Lays paving stones etc. (in use today) also called a Flagger  More Info.
Pavyler Erected tents, pavilions etc.
Pedascule Schoolmaster
Pedestrian A Walker, sometimes athlete, sometimes paid for competing - More Info.
Pee-dee A boy employed by the skipper of a Newcastle Keel - a river boat carrying coal down river to ships loading off-shore. See Keeler.
Peeler Policeman - after Robert Peel, founder of the police
Pelterer Worked with animal skins - pelts
Perambulator Surveyor
Perchemear Parchment maker
Peregrinator Itinerant wanderer
Peruker / Peruke Maker A wig maker
Pessoner Fishmonger - from the French, poisson
Petardier Made Petards - explosive devices used for storming castles. More Info.
Peterman Fisherman - biblical
Pettifogger A shyster lawyer
Petty Chapman Peddler - itinerant small goods seller
Pew Opener Opened the doors to private church pews
Pewterer / Pewtersmith One whose occupation is to make utensils of pewter; plates, bowls, dishes, tankards, pots for the kitchen and table, also larger vessels for inns and businesses. Almost all old wills leave valuable amounts of pewter to members of the family. More Info.
Philosophical Instrument Maker Made Scientific instruments
Phonologist A person versed in Phonology - the science or doctrine of the elementary sounds uttered by the human voice in speech, including the various distinctions, modifications, and combinations of tones; phonetics. Also, a treatise on sounds.
Phrenologist Read bumps on the head for character assessment
Picker Cast the shuttles on a loom
Picker Maker Made the "Pickers" - strong  leather attachments fitted to each side of a weaving loom  to drive the shuttle across the loom
Piece Broker Dealer in fabric remnants
Piece Worker Worker paid for by the number of articles finished. Usually home workers, and factory workers
Piecemaster The middleman between employer and pieceworker, who allocated the work
Piecer / Piecener Employed to piece together broken threads in weaving. Often children.  More Info.
Pigmaker 1) Poured molten metal to make "pigs" for distribution of raw metals 2) Pottery worker
Pigman 1) Crockery dealer 2) Pig herd
Pig Jobber Bought pigs and then sold them off for profit. A pig trader.
Pikelet Maker Baked Pikelets - small crumpet or pancake
Pikeman 1) Miller's assistant 2) Soldier armed with a pike 3) Turnpike worker
Piker Tramp, vagrant
Pile / Piler Fitted arrowheads to their shafts (pile was the old term for arrowhead)
Piller Robber
Pilot Ship's steersman
Pinder Dog catcher & pound keeper
Piner Labourer
Pinner Pin maker
Pinner up 1) Dressmaker's assistant  2) Sold ballads in the street
Piper Innkeeper
Pistor Baker
Pit Brow Lass Female surface worker at the coalmines
Pitman Coal miner
Plain Worker Plain needle-worker, as distinct from embroidered work
Plaisterer Plasterer
Plaiter Make straw plaits for hat making
Planker "Planked" or kneaded the felt in hat-making
Platelayer Laid and maintained railway tracks. The name predates railways, and is derived from the original "plateways" which existed hundreds of years ago, laid for coal mines.   More Info.
Playderer Made plaid
Pleacher / Plasher / Platcher / Plaicher Hedge layer. A skilled job
Plod Weaver / Plaid Weaver Wove plaid material - Plod was a C16-17th variant of plaid
Ploughboy Led the oxen pulling a plough
Ploughwright Made or repaired ploughs
Plumassier / Plumer Made ornamental feather plumes or sold feathers - from French, plume
Plumber Applied sheet lead for roofing and set lead frames for plain or stained glass windows. As lead was the usual material for pipes, the modern term evolved. Plumbium - Latin for lead
Plumbium Worker Worked with plumbium (lead) - a plumber. from the Latin, plumbium = lead
Plunger Speculator
Pluralist A person who had the "living" of more than one parish, or church
Plush Weaver Wove Plush, a type of textile which has a nap or pile similar to velvet - used in royal courts
Pointer / Pin Pointer 1) Lace-maker  2) Sharpened needles or pins in manufacture
Pointmaker / Pointman Made the tips of laces
Pointsman Changed the points to change the track direction of trains
Poldave Worker Made "poldave" - a coarse fabric
Poleman Surveyor's assistant
Polenter / Polentier Poulterer
Pollard Dealer Dealer in pollard, bran sifted from flour. Also flour dealer
Poller / Powler Barber
Ponderator Weights and measures inspector
Pony Driver Usually a child, drove the pit ponies drawing the coal tubs
Portable Soup Maker Made dried soup for transporting
Porter 1) Door or gate keeper 2) Carried baggage in railway stations and other public places
Portmanteau Maker Made suitcases / travelling bags
Postillion Rode as a guide on one of the near pairs of horses drawing a coach or post chaise
Post Boy 1) Carried mail 2) Guard who travelled on the mail coach 3) Outrider travelling with the coach or a Postillion
Poster Broke rocks in the quarries
Potato Badger Potato seller
Pot Boy/man 1) Cleared away and washed the pots in a public house 2) A Potman was also a street-seller of porter and stout.
Pot Burner Placed completed pots into the ovens for firing
Potato Badger Potato seller
Potter's Carrier Chemist or Pharmacist


Jollying is a way of forming a ceramic article by using a rotating mould formed to shape one side of the pot or liner while a metal profile blade mounted on a counterbalanced arm forms the other side
Potter's Presser Pottery maker, using moulds
Potter's Printer Printed from an engraved plate that is loaded with oil based colours - printed the transfer pattern on to tissue paper
Potter's Thrower Potter, using a wheel - "threw" the clay onto the wheel
Poulter / Poulterer Poultry seller
Pounder Person how owned the local pound where stray animals ie cattle, horses and sheep would be rounded up. The owners of these animals would have to pay the Pounder a fee to retrieve their animals.
Powder Monkey Young boys - and sometimes women - employed to supply naval guns with their powder charges from the magazines below the waterline. Boys were usually employed because the gun (Orlop) decks were very low for stability reasons, and grown men would have found it difficult to move around at speed in those situations.
Power Loom Tuner Maintained the weaving looms
Powler Barber
Poynter Lace maker
School Master / School Mistress
Prentis Apprentice
Presser Off A cotton warehouseman employee who gave garments their final pressing before packing.
Pressman Operated a printing press
Prick Louise Tailor
Pricker 1) Witch hunter 2) Pattern Maker 3) Horseman
Prig Napper Horse Thief
Proctor University official
Prop Bobby Checked the pit props in mines
Prothonary Law clerk
Prow Smith In shipbuilding, was resposible for laying out the prows and the keel of a vesssel
Publican Innkeeper - still in use
Puddler Wrought iron or clay worker - see Iron Puddler & Clay Puddler
Puggard Thief
Pugger Trod clay to produce the mix for brick making. Often women & children
Punky Chimney Sweep
Purefinder / Pure Gatherer Old women & young girls who collected dog droppings used in the tanning industry
Purl Seller Sold purl by boat to other river craft users. Purl was a potent mixture of beer and gin.
Putter Hauled coal tubs in the mines.
Putter-in Input materials in mechanical processes - varied.
Pykemonger Dealer in pike and other freshwater fish.
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