The not-wife and I finally got around to watching one of those many programmes that get recorded on V+ in the hope that we eventually eign to view them. The programme in question was Domesday which, unsurprisingly, dealt with the subject of the Domesday Book
It was a programme well worth watching if for no other reason that it introduced me to a resident of late 11th Century Essex - he being Humphrey Goldenbollocks!
According to this site the Domesday books makes this reference in its account of the holdings in the Hundred of Dunmow in Essex: 1.hid.træ.qm.humfrid. aurei.testiculi.inuasit.sup.rege, which is translated as "1 hide of land, which Humphrey Goldenbollocks annexed in the King's despite".
Mr Goldenballs was not alone - in Chafford (also in Essex) there was Rob.inuesrat also known, apparently as rob.lasciuus which is translated as Robert the Perverted and Robert the Lascivious respectively.
One can only wonder how Humphrey Goldenbollocks got his name. It the days before Argos jewellery and sovereign rings perhaps he was held on to his bling by pinning it to his nuts....