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    Zzzzzzzzzzz earleybird's Avatar
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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
    Last edited by earleybird; 10-20-02 at 03:41 AM.
    I'm ready for something , but I don't know what!!..

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    Dazed and confused Ellie's Avatar
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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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    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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    Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?


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    The Flying Scot chewa's Avatar
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    Surname Leyden, from the town of Leiden(or Leyden in Holland) Family moved to Scotland in 16th Century I think
    plus je vois les hommes, plus j'admire les chiens

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    Sweet - maybe it comes from a long line of candy lovers? :confused:
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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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    Pretty cool stuff! Thanks for the links!!! :thumbup:
    Speed Kills...It kills those that don't have it!

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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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    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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    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 ?
    Last edited by Trsnrtr; 10-19-02 at 06:37 PM.

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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
    Bentsen
    Jepsen
    Pedersen
    Poulsen
    Madsen
    Pallesen
    Mortensen
    Thuesen
    Thorsen
    Thorstensen

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    Zzzzzzzzzzz earleybird's Avatar
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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 ?
    [/QUOTE]

    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
    I'm ready for something , but I don't know what!!..

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    Originally posted by earleybird
    [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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    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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    Cycling Anarchist Trsnrtr's Avatar
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    Originally posted by SpiderMike
    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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    Abbott = Priest well...really an abbot but you know what I mean.

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