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Xopher, Zopher: abbreviation for given name, Christopher
ye: (old English) you (third person personal pronoun, but often used by a petitioner or grantor to speak of him/herself in the third person).
yeoman: commonly, a farmer, hunter or woodsman, but under an English Act of Parliament in 1429, a yeoman was defined as a freeholder whose property had an annual income of at least 40 shillings. Later, under the English system of "degrees" (of social status), the yeoman class was below gentleman, but above villein (feudal slave). The son of a gentleman might be titled a yeoman until such time pending inheritance of his father's property and position.
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