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Old 10-16-02, 01:28 AM   #1
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Whats in your name ?...

What does your family name mean?.. Where did it derive from

In the past people were often called by their trade or profession i.e. Cooper was a person who made barrels.

What was the Saxon or Viking origin of your family name? Did you decend from a nobleman or a serf ? a leader of men or just a follower?

http://www.genhomepage.com/

http://www.surnameweb.org/

http://www.kabalarians.com/female/saxon-f.htm

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Old 10-16-02, 02:58 AM   #2
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My family name (Martin) is french. Shows we came over with the Norman invasion, I guess. I often get mistaken for french when I'm in France. Until I try and speak, that is! My brother, on the other hand, looks pure celt. Mum's family - tall, ginger, pale skin!

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Old 10-16-02, 04:52 AM   #3
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My family name is of Scandinavian origin, possibly used for a person believed to be a shape changer. That's only appropriate, because as I'm writing this I'm approaching my 100th post here. Time to change!

What I fail to understand, though, is why my entire family (generations back) have been named after this occasion.

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Old 10-16-02, 06:37 AM   #4
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Surname Leyden, from the town of Leiden(or Leyden in Holland) Family moved to Scotland in 16th Century I think
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Old 10-16-02, 07:08 AM   #5
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Sweet - maybe it comes from a long line of candy lovers? :confused:
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Old 10-16-02, 07:18 AM   #6
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This is another interest of mine (family history)

I have researched back to the 16th century on my fathers side and discovered that my great, great great, and on and on etc grandfather William John +++++ was the original "presentie" of the "lyver bird" coat of arms, so i guess i could claim dignitorial rights to the city of Liverpool. LOL.

He was presented with this in 1644, as a Captain in a troupe of horse cavalary for deeds in the defence of Liverpool ,against the Royalists and Prince Rupert.

So in future i shall expect from you all, the reverential treatment afforded to me by my status :cool:
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Old 10-16-02, 07:23 AM   #7
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Pretty cool stuff! Thanks for the links!!! :thumbup:
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Old 10-16-02, 11:55 PM   #8
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If you saw "Robinhood: Men in Tights" <<Mel Brooks>> there was a character named "Latrine"

At one point, someone mentions that she can have it changed

She replies "I already did. It used to be s@#$house"
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Old 10-19-02, 03:55 PM   #9
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I keep searching these genealogy websites for "Trekaholic" and I'm not getting very far. Guess I'm a first generation.
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Old 10-19-02, 06:27 PM   #10
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My name is Tresenriter, derived from Tresenreuther and is German. Most people in this country, USA, with this name are related by a common ancester, Conrad Tresenreuther who came here in 1775.

For the British readers, I'm also related to Praters/Prathers and have ancesters buried at Nunney, Somerset, England. Anybody seen my castle ?

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Old 10-20-02, 03:01 AM   #11
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In the great Scandinavian tradition my surname is derived from adding "sen" to the name of my forefathers. You work it out....

Hansen
Karlsen
Larsen
Rasmussen
Nielsen
Jensen
Sørensen
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Madsen
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Old 10-20-02, 03:48 AM   #12
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QUOTE]Originally posted by Trsnrtr
My name is Tresenriter, derived from Tresenreuther and is German.
For the British readers, I'm also related to Praters/Prathers and have ancesters buried at Nunney, Somerset, England. Anybody seen my castle ?
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Yep Iv'e seen it. Its just down the road to where I live.

If your thinking of coming back to live in it , its going to need a bit of work doing to it He he
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Old 10-20-02, 06:37 AM   #13
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[Yep Iv'e seen it. Its just down the road to where I live.

If your thinking of coming back to live in it , its going to need a bit of work doing to it He he [/B]
Maybe someday I'll take a trip to see it. I suppose I'll have to stay with the commoners.
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Old 10-22-02, 08:42 PM   #14
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My last name is Livesay. We pronounce it Liv-a-see (with a short a)

When I was kid, I asked my dad where our family was from. He answered back with " You are a mutt".

Lately my grandfather has been going through the family branches (thank GOD for that). He found that supposedly our last name comes from England. Name means live by the sea. Something else about the family went from fishing to import/exporting back in the Industrial Revolution. So you say family fed ex'd themselves over here.

Odd part to this, I plan to close to a major body of water the rest of my life. I feel as comfortable on my surfboard ( has not happned lately) as I do on my bike.
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Old 10-23-02, 02:54 PM   #15
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Odd part to this, I plan to close to a major body of water the rest of my life. I feel as comfortable on my surfboard ( has not happned lately) as I do on my bike.
A sort of similar feeling was experienced by me in the 1980s when I did some racing and cycling in the hillier regions of southern Indiana. I enjoyed what little riding I did there and was wierded out later, when through geneology searches, I found out that this was precisely where many of my ancesters settled.
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Old 10-23-02, 03:48 PM   #16
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