NOTES ON SURNAMES (HULL) 52
READYMARCHER (READYMARTCHER) Not only is this a rare surname nationally, it may not even exist in Hull any more. It always was rare, but it’s such an unusual name I thought that I’d mention it here.
I recall one Lewis Thomas, who answered queries on surnames in a local newspaper, giving his opinion on this name. He suggested that it would have identified a redheaded or ruddy complexioned person who lived on a border. Now as this is feasible from an etymological point of view I think it worth repeating here for the record. However, I can’t think of any similar names, i.e., names that combine two surname types in one name, apart from names in which the second component is a given name. I’m thinking of names such as Littlejohn, Brownjohn, Dunrobin. I may yet be corrected on this point.
One thought that comes to mind with Readymarcher is that it might have started out as Raedemacher, (Rädemacher, occasionally Redemacher) a German surname meaning “wheelwright”. Failing any evidence this remains just a thought.
25.10.13: the spelling Readymartcher is extant in Hull.
After reading P.Readymartcher’s comment, referring to an 1830 Sunderland notice of this name I decided to search the International Genealogical Index for County Durham notices of Rademacher or Redemacher.
According to this source Rademacher is recorded in Escomb, Co. Durham in 1742; in Lowick, Northumberland in 1743. There are further Rademacher notices (Durham, Newcastle) up to 1803. Earliest Readymartcher notice, 1830.