6 Annotations

First Reading

Phil Gyford  •  Link

Unthank was Elizabeth Pepys' tailor, and he had a large shop at Charing Cross.

Second Reading

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

Unthank is an interesting name: there are a few hamlets/small villages named Unthank in the North of England; there's even an Unthank Hall. However, I suspect that more people live in Norwich's Unthank Road than in all of the other places put together.


According to Ancestry, the meaning derives from Old English unthanc ‘without consent’, i.e. a squatter’s holding.

Louise Hudson  •  Link

There was a boy in my high school graduating class (in New Jersey) whose name was Unthank. I thought it was an unusual name at the time but I never looked into its origins. it's interesting to know that it's prevalent in the North of England. I have never come across the name other than that one boy, and, of course, in Pepys' diary.

Arthur Waley  •  Link

You might be interested in Rachel and Becky Unthank from the north of England who perform with their band - The Unthanks. They started off as singers of traditional songs, but their repertoire has become much more eclectic. They are much-loved in this house.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Barbara Villiers Palmer, Countess of Castlemaine also used Unthank's. Nothing but the best for Elizabeth.

Map  •  Link

Yes the Unthanks do some of the music in the wonderful tv show Detectorists by Mackenzie Crook and when I first heard of them didn’t think that was a surname but instead a “made up name” as bands often fo
So interesting to have seen this and now wondering whether the members of the Unthanks band might be related to Pepys tailor

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Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.