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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 3:12 pm    Post subject: I'm such a nerd sometimes. Reply with quote

So, I was curious about my last name. Where'd it come from? And so I researched all about surnames... and of course we know how they were created, either by your ancestor's profession, or physical characteristic even, or an adjective for the geography they lived around, or of course the town name of where they lived. I was surprised to find my surname is very surely from a district in Scotland. I know little about my ancestry, hence my curiosity.

So, look up your surname! What is it? Surprised? Share if you want.

Can't find your name there, try here, though it's not as helpful for origin.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2007 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't find "Tatum" but I know it is English. I think it means either "from the loins of Ryan O'Neal" or "giant package," I think I'll go with the latter meaning.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2007 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Miller
Usage: English
Extra: Statistics
An occupational surname referring to a person who owned or worked in a grain mill."

Whoa! Who woulda thunk it?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:05 am    Post subject: Neither site. Reply with quote

Neither of those sites referenced mine: Nadon

(just out of curiosity how would you pronounce it?)
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Souter was not found in this database. Names that sound similar to Souter:
Chaudhri Chowdhury


Souter is really pronounced "soo-der." Oh, well...

Somewhere out there is a woman who married into the name "Chowdhury."
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Couldn't find mine, "Hewell".
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 5:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't find my maiden name, either. (No big surprise.) Does this mean we're basically a bunch of freaks?
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing in this particular database, but we learned not too long ago that Kandel is a small village in Germany where we got the boot in the early 1800's during a purge to Bucharest, Romania (where we thought the name was from). Of course, my great-grandfather came to America in the later 1880's, but didn't like it and went back, just in time for everybody else to enjoy the quaint charm and warm neighborly days of the 1930's. Ooops.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Newman. Bet you can guess the meaning of that one!

It's English.
Means "new man, newcomer" from the Old English neowe, niwe, nige and mann.

..So basically, my family were the original n00bs. :D
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02, 2008 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another stunning revelation:
MacDonald - son of Donald

But I'm a girl!! Maybe I need to start a name revolution or something.

Almost all of my family both sides are descended from MacDonalds. Different clans and surnames here and there but they all roll up to MacDonald. Except for one Grandmother who was Irish but can't find "Delehanty" in the database.
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